What is your position?
My position is Head Sports Facilitator at Orinda Intermediate School and Head Coach for several travel teams for both Volleyball and Basketball. The kids I coach are between 9-14.
Tell me a little bit about why you were interested in joining the sports industry?
I loved sports growing up and they were an influential part of my life. They provided me with strength, endurance, and drive that affects my professional life. I love seeing my kids fall in love with the sports like I did. My middle school coach was one of my role models, and so seeing how I can impact my players' lives everyday on the court is super rewarding. I would not be the woman I am today if it were not for my middle school coach.
Did you ever feel that being a woman was a hindrance in your role? Do you see a lack of representation of women where you work? -What advice would you give women who wish to enter the industry?
I do feel like being a woman coach has provided hinderances. I am challenged in ways everyday that my male counterparts never are. This is particularly clear when I am coaching the young boys. Not only do I have to fight for their constant attention, but they do not respect me the same way they would a male coach. They do not believe a woman coach has the knowledge to coach them. I am always determined to prove them wrong. I think one reason why I have received such pushback from the boys is because there are not many other women coaches, so the lack of visibility of female coaches may alter their perceptions.
What advice would you give women who wish to enter the industry?
My advice would be to never give up. Never back down, and when it gets tough, because it will, keep striving to break these barriers.