ATLANTA, Ga. – The Alliance of Women Coaches presented Quinnipiac women's rugby head coach Becky Carlson with the Judy Sweet Award on Friday, June 26 at the annual Women Coaches Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Judy Sweet Award recognizes two members of each academy team whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others' personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers. In addition to Carlson, Marshall softball head coach Shonda Stanton was presented with the award. This accolade is granted via nomination by fellow classmates at each WCA program.
Carlson wrapped up her fourth season at the helm of the Quinnipiac women's rugby program in 2014-15. In just four years, Quinnipiac has reached the national spotlight, advancing to the National Semifinals on two separate occasions (2012 and 2014). Carlson has an overall record of 37-13-1 which amounts to a .740 winning percentage – highlighted by a 15-1 mark in 2012-13.
About Judy Sweet
Judy Sweet is the first female president of the NCAA, a pioneer with a storied coaching and athletics administration career, and a tireless crusader for Title IX. She truly believes in the power of sharing our personal and professional stories. Through her caring and commitment, Judy's leadership has guided the WCA into the success story that it is today.
The Alliance of Women Coaches exists because we believe…
•Through on-going educational programs, workshops, forums and learning platforms, we can be an important and trusted voice, resource and community for women coaches regardless of sport, division, or level.
•We can provide relevant insights and connections to enhance and enrich the personal and professional lives of women coaches.
•Despite record numbers of female sport participants at all levels of competition, the number of women college coaches has declined from 90+% in 1972 to a near all-time low today, and the trends and numbers at the youth and high school levels are similar or worse. Our valuable work can help reverse that decline to maintain and grow the number of women in the coaching profession.
•Sport-specific associations promote only their own sport, whereas The Alliance of Women Coaches educates, advocates for, defends, inspires, supports and promotes professional women coaches in every sport and at every level.
•That a national network and community of women coaches not only serves the individual but will make it possible for other women to follow in their footsteps. We are stronger together as women leaders in sport.
And we know that…
•The current climate of intercollegiate athletics means that women coaches need education and advocates who support their efforts to get and stay in the game.
•A dearth of female role models in visible positions leads to the failure of girls and women to realize their sport career aspirations and potential, and evidence suggests females are more likely to pursue careers in coaching when they were coached by a female. We as women coaches and leaders in sport are influential and can be positive role models.
•That it is necessary to reduce or minimize the barriers many women face in pursuing, advancing and maintaining a career in coaching.
•That diversity in the workplace is essential and women should have equal opportunity to coach both females and males at every level of competition.
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