New Stats

By Staff

Athletic Management, 16.4, June/July 2004,

Women have more opportunities to compete in college athletics than ever before, but they still account for less than half of the head coaches of women’s teams and less than one fifth of athletic directors at all NCAA institutions. Those are the findings of the latest edition of the ongoing 27-year study titled "Women In Collegiate Sport," conducted by Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta, Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College.

The 2004 update shows that a trend toward growing participation has continued, with an all-time high of 8,402 NCAA women’s teams being reported. But only 3,704 of those teams (44.1 percent) have female head coaches, which is on par with the all-time low of 44.0 percent recorded in 2003 and 2002.

The percentage of female paid assistant coaches is currently 57.2 percent, 1.9 percentage points higher than the recorded low of 55.3 percent in 2001. However, the figure stood at 60.5 percent when it was first measured in 1996.

In the administrative ranks, there was a slight rise in the number of female athletic directors, from 17.9 percent in 2002 to 18.5 percent in 2004. The number has remained in the upper teens for 12 years, except for the high of 21.0 percent in 1994. Female athletic directors are best represented in Division III at 27.5 percent while accounting for only 8.7 percent in Division I. In other areas, women are 30.0 percent of head athletic trainers and 12.2 percent of sports information directors.

A full copy of the report, titled "Women in Intercollegiate Sport: A Longitudinal, National Study," is available at