Female vs male coaches

The impact of gender on effective coaching

Griffin Rites Staff

One of the many controversial subjects concerning gender roles is the issue of effective athletic coaching.

Following the hiring of the first female NFL coach in 2014, this controversial subject has taken one more step into the spotlight.

When it comes to male coaches, some believe they are more dominant and demanding.

On the other hand, female coaches are believed to be too emotional to handle positions that require on the spot decision making. It is true that the chemistry between female coaches and female teams and male coaches and male teams is difficult to mimic.

However, the most winningest coach in women’s collegiate volleyball history, Larry Bock, is a male with 1,296 wins and 258 losses.

Following Bock, Russ Rose holds number two, Andy Banachowski is at number three, and Dave Shoji is at number four.

In contrast, Tracy Rietzke is the fifth most successful coach with a win-loss record of 1,119-251.

Even though Bock is an unfamiliar face to Division I schools, he has the greatest win-loss record out of every women’s collegiate volleyball coach ever.

Continuing down the list, 11 of the 25 leading collegiate women’s volleyball coaches are male. That is almost a 50/50 split.

This is statistical proof that the gender of the coach does not determine the winning record of the team.

Another sport commonly coached by both males and females is softball. The most winningest women’s collegiate softball coach is also a male.

Phil McSpadden leads the board with 1,475 wins and 359 losses.

The majority (26 out of 45) of the leading collegiate softball coaches are female.

There is no prejudice in the passion athletes have for a sport.

Personal experience tells that athletes do not respect one coach more than the next because of their gender; it is the coaching and practices that make champions.

They will play and they will either win or lose. It is up to the skill and effort of the athletes that determines the score.