It's time for us to start CELEBRATING all the WINS we have as women in the sports world.
We are here to chat about all of it.
Operations & Logistics.
And everything in between!
Why Women WINS? Because a woman working in sports can be so powerful! Think about it... women have the ability to multitask, be nurturing, help with development, we are planners, we are mentors, we are hard workers, we are persistent, and most of all we carry passion in all areas we believe in.
In each position I have held in the sports world I have been one of very few or the only female on staff. I would say this is definitely a short fall for any athletic department or sports business! Think why you’re reading this right now... you believe just as much as me and Sarah... WOMEN deserve to have WINS TOO!
The idea came to me so fast.. like a switch of a light bulb! Why don’t more women work in sports? Is it because one might not know all the rules or the plays? Or is it the thought that they don’t want to work long hours.. or even like to sweat? Or I bet it’s the khakis.. That’s ludicrous to me!! I don’t know all the rules to all sports and I definitely don’t know the plays... I can work long hours... and I sure as heck love to sweat! And forget the khakis.. black leggings and a polo can be very stylish depending on how you rock it!
Women of the world... we can do this!! We just need to educate the younger generation what this business has to offer! Sports need women... they need the perspective from a woman.. they need the discipline and dedication and most of all the creativity that woman can bring to the table! Lets create fun, but serious conversations that will grow this platform and share our experiences with each other...
So cheers to the beginning of WOMEN W-IN-S!
Because all women working in sports deserve the right to WIN!
I’m excited about Women WINS because sports taught me who I am. Before I started playing sports, I was shy and lacked confidence in everything. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. Sports gave me friends; it gave me a way to earn confidence for myself. It gave me the ability to like who I am, not who I thought I should be based on other people or what the world thought I should be.
Sports also taught me how to be a professional, although I may not have noticed it at the time. I learned how to work with a team, how to lead a team and respect each other. Being a coach now, my biggest “why” is the opportunity to share everything that volleyball gave me, with the young women that come through our program. And they teach me too.
With Women WINS, we are ready to continue to break down the barriers that say sports is a man's world. Look at all the women out there doing it already!
Recently, Becky Hammon became the first female to act as a head coach in a NBA game. Afterwards, Gregg Popovich said:
"We didn't hire Becky to make history. She earned it. She's qualified."
That's right. She earned it. She's qualified.
We are earning it not as women - we are simply earning it.
I hope that women of any age, whether they play sports or not, recognize the opportunities that working in the sports industry provides. Working in sports isn’t just a career, a paycheck, or a way to spend your time… it’s a passion. It’s what gets you out of bed and excited for the day. It’s what fuels you. It makes you… you.
Well, I’m definitely the energetic one. People remark how I wear my heart on my sleeve.... maybe because I am so passionate about so much. I love testing my creativity and enjoy surrounding myself with bright colors.
I am an aunt of three nephews and five nieces. My nieces and nephews are everything to me! They’re so talented and for the youngest ones... oh goodness I’m so excited to see what their future holds. I am the youngest of three older brothers. I share that probably every time I meet someone new. I guess you could say it’s a warning label.
I have a sweet “princess and the pea” shiatzu. 13 year old, spoiled Clover is my side kick. Honestly... I would love to know what is going on in her head as she has witnessed so much of my adulthood.
I am always up for a great time! I am a student of “the law of attraction” (aka positive vibes) and I believe in being optimistic. I remind myself each day to be grateful for the situations that have made me stronger. I am fierce... and my drive pushes me through adversity. I am a huge fan of fitness and what it can do not only for the body, but also for the mind .
Born and raised as a Kentucky girl but I did live a little more than a decade... (12 years to be exact) in Tennessee. I took on a role as Director of Marketing at East Tennessee State University. As years went by, I kept grinding... And made it to the position of Assistant Athletic Director of Corporate Development. I was so lucky to be able to learn from some amazing mentors that I had met while in the Volunteer State. After seven years went by... I wanted a new challenge and decided to hang up my cleats at ETSU..
Many people would say my career path has been very diverse... I would say it’s filled with different chapters of my life that allows me to continue to evolve. From college athletics, to youth sports, marketing a famous chicken spot, to selling media advertising, to back to college athletics... I have definitely become a utility player. So... put me in your lineup and I’ll drive the runs in!
Marketing is my job, but sports are my passion. I believe in the thrill and excitement athletics can bring to people of all ages. Nothing hypes me up more than to be mid court with a mic in my hand getting a crowd on their feet. Energy can be so contagious!
Another hat I enjoy wearing is building relationships through partnerships and community. It’s very important to me to craft true genuine relationships with fans and businesses too. Creating positive marketing strategies that bring exposure into the sports world... is endless.
I love to put smiles on faces..
The concept of Women WINS was an idea I believe I had stirring for years. When I stepped away from the sports world... something wasn’t right. My life felt odd. Sort of like I was missing the perfect piece of jewelry to the complete outfit I realized that the sports atmosphere was where I belonged. I was so fortunate to receive a call from my Alma Mater... “Would you be interested in this position?” WHAAAATT!! Yes, of course... the completion of the cycle.... back where I started from.
Just a short few months after I started my role as Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletic Director of External Affairs I met Sara with a “h”. We shared the joy of conversation with others about the role of women in sports . We are like so many women who are experiencing a career that is dominated by men. This was a chance for conversation that could become a platform to share their experience with each other.... and an opportunity to learn from each other. Because all women working in sports deserve the right to WIN!
People always tell me it's really easy to buy me Christmas presents. I think it’s because I wear my heart on my sleeve, talk about my passions often, and try to share my passions with others.
Sports is one of my passions. I played volleyball in college and it brought me so much in life… my best friends, a career I love… it even brought me to the school where I met my husband. It taught me discipline, team work, leadership, humility, perseverance and how to be myself. I still continue to learn these things through coaching.
When people say coaching is the next best thing to playing… well, I’d give anything to play another match with my team, but coaching is pretty freaking awesome too. Sharing the sport that gave me so much in life with other awesome young women is truly a blessing.
I've been an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Morehead State for 3 years, and became an Assistant Beach Volleyball Coach just last year. I'm thrilled every day to be in this position.
Even though I've been coaching for 10 years now, before being at Morehead State, coaching was always my "night job". I coached High School and Club volleyball and worked full time at a non-profit during the day.
While coaching High School volleyball in Lexington, I was part of a staff and team that achieved a State Runner-Up finish, being the first public school to win a set in the championship match. In 2016, I was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's High School Thirty Under Thirty List.
Now, don't get me wrong, I loved my day job too! My experience working for a non-profit involved in international relations was incredible. But I always thought about how cool it would be to be a full time Volleyball Coach.
And it's been quite a ride so far - one that I've been enjoying each day! I definitely wasn’t as ready as I thought I was in the beginning, but thankfully I have amazing guidance from our staff, more experience with success and failure, and more opportunities to learn and grow.
Since joining the staff at Morehead State, I'm grateful for the many opportunities I've had, and the people I've met. Through these three short years, the professional development I've experience has furthered my network of great people even further. I'm grateful to have participated in volleyball specific summit's geared towards Division I female coaches, as well as participate in the Coaching Development Academy through True North Sports.
The sports community is vast, and it is awesome.
My husband Matthew and I have been married 7 years now, and we are dog parents to Fred Charleston and Molly, and cat parents to Remus. All adopted - seriously, ADOPT, don't shop. Rescues are full and those pets are full of love for you!
I’m an ethical pescatarian for almost 2 years now. I love to cook and entertain, and I’d love to be a wedding planner one day. Born and raised Kentucky girl, and I love to travel. I’ve been to Japan, Spain, France, England and Ireland, and a few Caribbean islands too. I run for fun… seriously. Not every day, but most days.