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The Top 5 Women Who Could Coach Men’s Basketball

Tara VanDerveer

Tara VanDerveer, Photo via USA TODAY Sports Images

Title IX has been around since 1972 and has been tremendously helpful with getting more females involved in college basketball. Currently, women make up more than 60% of the head coaches in women’s college basketball. With that said, will we ever see a female head coach in men’s college basketball? We’ve come up with a list of five female coaches who we believe could get the job done.

1. Tara VanDerveer – Stanford
Tara VanDerveer has one of the most brilliant basketball minds of any coach in the game. She’s a two-time national champion and hall-of-fame coach who will go down as one of the best in the history of college basketball for what she’s done at Stanford. With the way VanDerveer is able to gameplan and strategize for an opponent, she possesses the ability to execute in the men’s or women’s game.

2. Muffet McGraw – Notre Dame
Considering what Mike Brey is doing with the Notre Dame men’s program this year, the administration might want to consider giving Muffet McGraw the opportunity to coach both teams. The Fighting Irish have been one of the most consistent programs in college basketball over the last 15 years, and McGraw managed to put the team on a level where it could be competitive with Uconn in the Big East, which is no small accomplishment.

3. Kim Mulkey – Baylor
If an athletic director is looking to hire a coach for the men’s basketball program who won’t be afraid to speak her mind and be direct with the players, Kim Mulkey is a great fit. She had the pedigree of playing and coaching under Louisiana Tech legend Leon Barmore, and she’s had tremendous success with the program she’s built at Baylor, leading the Bears to a 72-1 record in the previous two seasons. Mulkey is a coach who pushes her players to get the very best out of them.

4. Cheryl Reeve – Minnesota Lynx
As the winningest coach in the history of the WNBA and head coach of the 2013 WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, Cheryl Reeve knows what it takes to produce championship teams. Her players talk about her ability to effectively communicate with each of them on an individual basis, and she’s able to provide the team with the boost it needs during games, whether it’s poise, intensity, or energy. Reeve has made a name for herself at the professional level, but many of those traits would lead her to success in the college game as well.

5. Lin Dunn – Indiana Fever
With her thick southern accent and infectious energy, Lin Dunn would be great on the recruiting trail as the head coach of the right program. She’s not afraid to challenge her players, and she has over 30 years of coaching experience on her resume. Dunn led the Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA Championship, and her personality would bring a culture change to a program that needs a fresh start.

2 Comments

  1. Jcarlile

    December 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Title IV?

    • Jim Oliver

      December 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Ha, my bad. I fixed it.