Both swimming and diving once again received “F” grades for the number of women coaching women’s teams at the college level, per the Tucker Center.
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport is a branch of the University of Minnesota. It does research each year on the representation of women on NCAA coaching staffs, and releases a report with letter grades every year. Specific schools are graded based on the composition of their coaching staffs, as are individual sports as a whole.
The report focuses specifically on women coaching women’s sports – the sport-specific grades are based on the percentage of women head coaches of women’s teams nationwide, with the following scale:
- A = 70%-100%
- B = 55%-69%
- C = 40%-54%
- D = 25%-39%
- F = 0%-24%
Swimming and diving both received “F” grades at the Division I level for the 2018-2019 season – that marks at least the 7th straight year of both sports receiving “F”s. (We can only find the reports back to the 2012-2013 season. In fact, this time around, swimming actually had a lower percentage of women’s head coaches of women’s teams (16.0%) than it had last year (17.9%).
The total number of programs included was roughly the same: 195 last year, 194 this year. But the new report shows only 31 head coaches were women, compared to 35 in 2017-2018.
Diving also regressed, from 22.9% female head coaches in 2017-2018 to 21.6% in 2018-2019. Swimming & diving were among eight sports to earn “F” grades. The others were cross country, Nordic skiing, squash, track, fencing and alpine skiing, and both skiing sports and squash were noted for having a very small sample size of 20 or fewer schools offering the sport.
Here’s a look at the full grade table for 2018-2019:
|A||100-70||Lacrosse, Rugby, Field Hockey, Equestrian|
|B||69-55||Softball, Triathlon, Golf, Basketball, Gymnastics|
|C||54-40||Bowling, Volleyball, Rowing, Rifle, Beach Volleyball|
|D||39-25||Tennis, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Water Polo|
|F||24-0||Diving, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Squash, Track, Swimming, Fencing, Alpine Skiiing|