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Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic

I recently completed a creativity course that compelled the class to discuss how they individually were motivated. Some of the class members found that they were extrinsically motivated. The individuals found that money, status, or children motivated them. In addition, a majority found they had intrinsic motivation fueled by their own will. I found that this was comparable to student-athletes today. What motivates them and does this cause the team to be less or more successful? Can this be more common on a team that is a public or private institution? If this is the case, this can directly relate to the happiness of the coach or the expectations that they have.
Looking at past dynamics of teams that I have coached, which has only been private, there has been a high presence of individuals that needed to be extrinsically motivated. This is an assumption that this could be due the price of the institutions that the student-athletes attend. It could also be what type of student that was recruited. I also contemplate whether this is due to being fully funded or not concerning scholarship counts. This could affect the level of competition that is present on the team.
Public institutions have the ability to find student-athletes that are more likely to be intrinsically motivated. The cost of the institutions is usually less than that of a private institution. Are the students looking at the school due to the academic portion or more for the athletic program? If a student-athlete always has competition at practice, the student-athlete must be intrinsically motivated to further their development or surpassed by other student-athletes.
The discussion is not about private vs. public institutions for coaching; but rather what type of motivation makes a team and whether this would be more prevalent at a public or private institution. If this is true, how can coaches create a culture that promotes intrinsic motivation for student-athletes to be the best student-athlete that they can be.

First Coaching Endowment Gift in Notre Dame’s History….And It Goes To…..Women’s Basketball!

NDKaren and Kevin Keyes, both former athletes at the University of Notre Dame have become the first ever donors in Notre Dame’s history to endow a coaching position – and they have done this for Women’s Basketball. Karen was a player for current coach and hall of famer, Muffet McGraw (pictured left) in the 90s.


Check out the New York Times Article: 


The Notre Dame press release suggests this may be the largest endowment of its kind in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history.


Thank you to Kevin and Karen Keyes for your support of women’s athletics and the coaches who make it happen!


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Women’s Sports Foundation – Share Your Story




The Women’s Sports Foundation is looking to hear from you!  They would like stories about the following:

  • The product of an impactful or meaningful female coach?
  • A coach who was treated unfairly in your college or university athletic department?
  • A coach who was wrongfully terminated by your college or university athletic department?
  • A female coach who wants to speak out about the importance of females coaching females?




Go to the above link to find out how to share your story. 7 Ways We Are Hurting Our Daughters

equalpay1 I came across this great article on and its relevance to our field is clearly demonstrated.

As coaches, it is imperative not only for us to lobby for equal pay, but to help our athletes understand this issue and equip them with the ability to stand up for their equality in the workplace – in coaching or elsewhere.

It’s a great read – check it out.




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High School Basketball: Where are the Women Coaches?


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Valley News (White River Junction, Vermont)
Poody Walsh, Valley News Correspondent


Claremont – Some things are hard to understand.

When Title IX was adopted in 1972, forcing schools to offer and fund female and male athletics equally, there was a bit of an upheaval when men were hired to coach girls sports – particularly basketball. Now, 43 years later, very few women even apply to coach the sport.

In the Upper Connecticut River Valley, Stevens’ Ivy Desilets is the only woman who is the head coach of a varsity girls program these days. And there are very few throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

Lebanon girls basketball coach Tim Kehoe knows that there are female coaches at John Stark and Goffstown, and in Vermont women are coaching basketball in Poultney, Mt. Abraham and Champlain Valley Union.

So why are women staying away from a sport they once wanted to lead? The time required for a coaching commitment along with family may play roles.

Coaching girls basketball is nearly a year-round deal, with the long regular season, summer basketball and, in New Hampshire, fall skill sessions. Also, some say that women with family responsibilities may find the strain of being away from home to be too much.

“I think most athletic directors would agree that we are hoping to find qualified women coaches for our girls sports, especially,” said Hanover athletic director Mike Jackson. “Quite honestly, in my time here, we have never had a female apply for our head girls basketball coaching position.

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Attention Coaches!  The NCAA Women Coaches Academy information is available.  Applications open February 9th.  Mark your calendars to get your apps in!  Everyone who completes the Academy raves about it!  Do something for yourself this year and sign up.  Spots are highly coveted!

Applications Accepted February 9-13th ONLY
New NCAA Stacked
2015 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Summer Dates
Denver | May 27 – 31
Atlanta | June 22 – 26
Applications accepted February 9-13, 2015
Application form will go live HERE on February 9th
Please forward to all female coaches!

About the Academy

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The 5-day Academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X’s and O’s.Application Requirements
  • Any female head, associate or assistant coach from NCAA sponsored sports at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions.
  • Current Alliance member

Important information

Coaches are responsible for paying only $500 tuition plus their own travel expenses.
  • The remainder of the tuition cost which covers meals, lodging, and training materials is provided through an NCAA grant valued at more than $2,000 per coach.
  • Travel expenses are the responsibility of the coach. Often your school and/or conference may be able to help with funding.
  • Acceptance and waitlist letters will be sent via email on/before March 2, 2015.
I need the WCA Now! Are there options? YES!
Due to overwhelming demand to attend the NCAA WCA and limited class sizes, you may ‘Pay Your Way to the WCA’ to guarantee acceptance — You pay $2500 for the full cost of attendance as well as paying your own travel expenses. If interested, please email us at

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The Real Women of Coaching: Season 2 (Episode 23) Heather Benning

In episode 23, we continue our sessions with Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Heather Benning, from Grinnell College. Coach Benning shares with us her commitment to developing the whole person, not just the athlete.

Please take a moment to view this episode and Tweet It, Post It, or Pin It to spread the word about our video series! We are increasing the numbers of viewers we have for this series every day and we need your help to grow that base even more! If you are a coach who would like to be featured or know of a coach we could learn from…let us know! @WomenInCoaching

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