A couple points and a new thread. Much of this has been discussed so interesting to hear some new takes. 1- Female players, just like male players, want the best coach. They feel slighted when they get a coach for any reason other than on the merits. When players have input on these committees, they usually don't care about gender, they want the best coach they can get. 2- Female players sometimes prefer male coaches. Many, in fact, don't prefer female coaches. This idea that they need a role model coach of the same gender is overstated. Women (and men) have role models all around them - in their homes, classrooms, all over the place, even in their phones/headphones. The idea that a same-gender coach is somehow necessary or some massive positive is again, overstated, for either gender. 3. If a goal is to "undo" generations of gender socialization in sports, then telling young people they should prefer a same-gender coach kinda perpetuate gender identification doesn't it? The point is both genders can be mentored and learn from either gender. I had a female tennis coach in HS and she was a legend. 4. I coach women and work hard to keep the good potential coaches involved in the game. Just like I would if I coached men. Several of my former players are still coaching but I'm not as successful as I'd like to be. These are smart, articulate young people with lots of options. Coaching is a tough and often brutal profession that doesn't pay well. I don't blame smart women (or men) for choosing another career path.