Women Who Have Broken Barriers in Coaching

In recent years, women have been changing the landscape of coaching in male professional sports. Whether it be in the dugout or on the sidelines, these coaches have garnered respect and opened doors for others. Women who have broken barriers in coaching make great keynote speakers for a variety of business conferences, charity galas and other events. They are able to motivate audiences with their stories on how they broke the mold in their field. 

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Alyssa Nakken has made history with the San Francisco Giants as the first full-time female coach in Major League Baseball history. Nakken had previously joined the organization as a baseball operation...

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Becky Hammon is a pioneer for all women in sports.  Hammon is the first female full-time professional assistant coach for any men’s major professional sports team.  She was hired by Greg Popovich to j...

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Heather Marini is the current quarterbacks coach at Brown University and she made history when the Bears hired her to the role in 2020. She became the first female position coach in Division 1 history...

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Jen Welter is the first known female coach in the NFL.  Welter joined the Arizona Cardinals as a coaching intern for the 2015 training camp and preseason.  She was also the first female coach in any f...

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Jennifer King made history in 2020 by being the first African-American female hired as a full-time coach in the NFL. The Washington Redskins and head coach Ron Rivera named her a coaching intern, wher...

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Assistant basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings, Jenny Boucek was born December 20, 1973 and is a former basketball player, and former head coach of the Seattle Storm. She was hired by the team on...

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Justine Siegal made MLB history, as the Oakland Athletics announced she would serve as a guest instructor for their Instructional League club, making her the first woman to coach in big...

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Kara Lawson joined the WNBA as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs in 2003. Prior to that she starred at the University of Tennessee, where she earned the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best se...

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Kathryn Smith was the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history.  Following the 2015 season, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan hired her as a special teams quality control coach.  Smith wo...

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Katie Sowers first broke through the glass ceiling by becoming just the second woman hired to be a full-time NFL coach. She was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive assistant in 2017. Sow...

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Lindsay Gottlieb is part of a group of pioneering female coaches in the NBA today. Gottlieb accepted a position as an assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019. She entered the NBA with major...

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Lori Locust is a groundbreaking assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Locust was hired along with Maral Javadifar, making Tampa Bay the first NFL team to have two women on the coaching staff a...

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Maral Javadifar is a groundbreaking assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Javadifar was hired along with Lori Locust, making Tampa Bay the first NFL team to have two women on the coaching staf...

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Nancy Lieberman is a former professional basketball player and coach in the WNBA. Her career began at a young age when she was named to the USA Basketball roster when she was just 17 years old. She co...

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Rachel Balkovec has made baseball history as the first woman to be a full-time hitting coach in the professional ranks. Balkovec was hired in 2019 by the New York Yankees to coach in their minor leagu...

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Teresa Weatherspoon is regarded as one of the greatest female basketball players of all-time. Her tremendous career accomplishments led to election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in...