by Jennifer Pfeiffer
I am not the trainer. I am not the coaches’ wife. I am not a parent of the players. I am not the manager. I am not _______. . . it could go on. It was a whole season.
I am the coach. And yes, I enjoy the look on your face when you have realized I am coaching the men.
I did not become a coach to be the only female in the group or to break any ceilings. I coached because the team was in my town and I was qualified to be on staff. I wanted to be on staff with the men. I knew I could help the team. I knew I could train the goalkeepers and prepare them for the level of play expected in the NPSL.
So what is it really like being the only female coach? I had to chase around to find a bathroom, get one unlocked, or use the one under the fan side. Do you know how many locker rooms have both teams in the same area for changing? Only a couple of times the team forgot I was still waiting outside.
By the end of the season, I was the only coach at some of the games. And yes, we won. There was pressure to win as a female coach. No one wants to lose but I wanted to win so I could see that look again on your face.
It’s acceptable for men to coach female teams but when is it going to be acceptable for a female to coach mens teams? I am qualified.