Celebrating Women Coaches

A Biographical Dictionary

by Nena Rey Hawkes, John F. Seggar


Offers inspirational biographical profiles of 42 successful women coaches from a myriad of sports.

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August 2000


Pages 312
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure
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Women have made significant strides in the sports world over the past 30 years, one of which has been moving into the ranks of coaching on both the collegiate and professional levels. Readers will meet 42 of these outstanding women, contemporary coaches in the world of sports today, some of whom had to overcome major obstacles to get where they are today in this male-dominated profession. Entries, uniquely based on interviews with the coaches themselves, bring to life the commitment to excellence, hard work, and service which these women have portrayed in wide-ranging sports from basketball to soccer to lacrosse.

Each entry in this unique reference resource provides the following information: Personal Data, Formative Years, Sports History, Playing Career, Decision to Coach, Coaching, Philosophy of Coaching, Changes in Athletes, Memorable Moments, Role Models, Favorite Books and Authors, Hobbies, Favorite Movies, Future Plans, and Recognitions and Achievement, Photographs of the coaches round out the entries to provide complete portraits of these women and their successes.

Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionBeth Anders (Field Hockey)Sharron Backus (Softball)Janet Brogan (Tennis)Lela Cannon (Golf)Jody Conradt (Basketball, Athletic Director)Terry Crawford (Track)Judith Davidson (Athletic Director)Marisa Didio (Field Hockey)Judith Garman (Softball)Theresa Grentz (Basketball)Lauren Gregg (Soccer)Sylvia Hatchell (Basketball)Beverly Ann Kearney (Track)Carole Kleinfelder (Lacrosse)Valorie Kondos (Gymnastics)Marynell Meadors (Basketball)Elaine Michaelis (Volleyball, Athletic Director)Jane Miller (Lacrosse)Billie Moore (Basketball)Sarah Patterson (Gymnastics)Cathy Rush (Basketball)Mimi Ryan (Golf)Chris Sailer (Lacrosse)Susan Delaney-Scheetz (Lacrosse, Athletic Director)Linda K. Sharp (Basketball)Marsha Sharp (Basketball)Karen Shelton-Scroggs (Field Hockey)Tina Sloan-Green (Field Hockey, Lacrosse)Janet A. Smith (Lacrosse)Marianne Stanley (Basketball)Jackie Tobian Steinman (Golf)Vivian Stringer (Basketball)Cindy Timchal (Lacrosse)Suzanne Tyler (Lacrosse, Athletic Director)Ann Valentine (Tennis, Associate Athletic Director)Linda Vollstedt (Golf)Marian Washington (Basketball)Mary Wise (Volleyball)Margie Wright (Softball)Suzanne Yoculan (Gymnastics)Kay Yow (Basketball)Index



A superb resource. The first reference book to focus solely on women coaches, it provides valuable insights about these women and their accomplishments for those interested in coaching or looking for information concerning these women. Highly recommended for all collections.—Choice

Nena Hawkes and John Seggar have compiled an easy-to-read, thorough and enlightening reference piece that sheds light on women who overcame major obstacles in a male-dominated profession.—Athletics Administration

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