Modern Day Coaching in the World of Women's Basketball

Modern Day Coaching in the World of Women’s Basketball
When thinking of the greatest women’s basketball coaches of this time, names such as Geno Auriemma and Pat Summit come to mind. They have both greatly influenced the game by winning over 5 National Championships each at the college level. But how does a young coach get started in this business?
Many coaches get their first job from their former coaches. “It’s important to make connections while you’re still in school because you never know who could be a future employer,” said Tanya Richards, assistant women’s basketball coach at Mansfield Timberview High School. She was hired by the coach at her old high school rival school for her first coaching job. It’s also important to have experience. Playing in high school is key, but playing at or beyond the college level is a giant plus when being considered for a coaching job. Grayson County College head coach Elena Lovato also looks for passion and compatibility with players when she’s looking for an assistant coach. “At this level, [college] I have to be able to count on my assistant to be dependable on and off the court as well as having experience being a college graduate themselves, so that the girls can relate to them.”
Some young players, such as Kasey Poovey enter college aspiring to be coaches. “It seems like a really cool job and I would love to inspire young people” But the field is getting more and more competitive because college athletes who have trouble getting a job elsewhere use coaching as a fallback. Richards played for three years overseas in India after she graduated from The University of Texas in Arlington, making her a prime candidate for a high school coaching job. “I had no intention of being a basketball coach after college,” Richards states, “but I chose to major in psychology, and then couldn’t find a job, so it was a really good thing I had a minor in education.” Poovey on the other hand is majoring in physical education and...