An Examination of Homologous Reproduction in the Representation of Assistant Coaches of Women’s Teams Academic Article uri icon


  • Researchers (e.g., Stangl & Kane Sociology of Sport Journal, 8: 47-60, 1991) have been successful in using homologous reproduction theory to explain the decline of women in coaching roles. In this investigation, we aimed to extend previous research by exploring the practice in (a) employment patterns of assistant coaches, and (b) environments in which women are actually the dominant gender doing the hiring. Data from the 2002-2003 Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) was used to determine if a head coach's gender impacted the gender composition of assistant coaches on a staff in four different women's teams sports in NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions (n∈=∈2,964) . The results indicate that the gender of a head coach does impact the gender composition of the assistant coaches on a staff, irrespective of sport. This relationship was most notable when the head coach was female, as female head coaches were much more likely to hire female assistants than male head coaches were to hire male assistant coaches. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sagas, M., Cunningham, G. B., & Teed, K.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006 11:11 AM