Tucker Center research cited in head coach appointment to mentorship program

woman head coach giving direction to woman volleyball player facing her

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport’s2020-2021 Women in College Coaching Report Card” provided data cited in a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics post, “Coach Hicks to Serve as Mentor in Female Coaching Mentorship Program.” Shareese Hicks, the track & field and cross country head coach at UTRGV, was appointed as a mentor in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Female Coaching Mentorship Program (FCMP). The FCMP is designed to increase the representation, depth of knowledge, and advancement of female coaches in cross country and track & field at every level while creating industry accessibility. One indicator of women’s track & field representation is given in the Tucker Center’s report data indicating that last season just 18.4% of NCAA Division I and 17.7% of NCAA Division I women’s cross country head coaches were women. The report was authored by Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, 2021 Pam Borton Fellow Courtney Boucher, and graduate research assistant Hannah Silva-Breen.