Top women coaches share keys to coaching success

For immediate release:
May 16, 2022

For more information, contact:
Mark Allemand
Marketing Manager
Human Kinetics, Inc.
800-747-4457, ext. 2212

Vanessa Fuchs



Print ISBN 978-1-7182-0322-8
Price: $27.95

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Top women coaches share keys to coaching success
New book offers inspiration for women to enter the coaching ranks

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—This June marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that gave women equal opportunity to play and opened the door for women’s sports to take root and grow in America.

Coinciding with this historic celebration is the release of Winning Ways of Women Coaches, a new book from Human Kinetics. In it, a veritable who’s who of women coaches—representing 15 different sports and earning more than 50 national championships and dozens of world and Olympic titles—provide the acumen and inspiration for women to succeed in the coaching profession.

Collegiate softball coaching standouts Lonni Alameda and Kelly Inouye-Perez, basketball coaches Carol Owens and Tara VanDerveer, gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, Major League Baseball’s first-ever female manager Rachel Balkovec, and Jen Welter, the first female NFL coach, are just some of the 20 esteemed contributors, each examining a different coaching topic from her unique viewpoint. 

Readers will glean strategies, insights, and advice to help them address common coaching challenges, build and maintain successful sport programs, foster player engagement and growth, and further their coaching careers. In addition, the contributing authors weave a common thread throughout the chapters by discussing the importance of building team chemistry and fostering team culture.

Edited by collegiate volleyball coaching legend Cecile Reynaud, PhD, and embodying the idea of “If she can see it, she can be it,” Winning Ways of Women Coaches will reinvigorate current women coaches and inspire would-be coaches to make the leap into coaching.

“Each one of the women coaches who took the time to contribute a chapter in this book has been successful in reaching the top of her sport or is a trailblazer in men’s professional sport leagues,” says Reynaud. “Each contributor offers a unique perspective into how she leads her program to achieve at the highest level.

The contributors empower coaches at all levels by sharing their expertise and philosophies for multiple aspects of sport, adds Reynaud. “These are some incredibly smart and talented women. As you read each chapter, you’ll understand why they have all reached the pinnacle of their sport.”

A complete list of coaches who contributed chapters includes the following:

  • Lonni Alameda, softball coach, Florida State University
  • Rachel Balkovec, baseball manager, Tampa Tarpons (MLB; New York Yankees minor league affiliate)
  • Becky Burleigh, retired soccer coach, University of Florida
  • Denise Corlett, retired volleyball coach, Stanford University
  • Melody Davidson, ice hockey coach, Canadian National Women’s Team
  • Kelly Inouye-Perez, softball coach, UCLA
  • Roselee Jencke, retired netball coach, Queensland Firebirds (Australia)
  • Valorie Kondos Field, retired gymnastics coach, UCLA
  • Melissa Luellen, golf coach, Auburn University
  • Teri McKeever, swimming coach, University of California
  • Missy Meharg, field hockey coach, University of Maryland
  • Felecia Mulkey, acro and tumbling coach, Baylor University
  • Carla Nicholls, para track and field coach, Athletics Canada
  • Carol Owens, basketball coach, University of Notre Dame
  • Carolyn Peck, retired basketball coach, Purdue University and Orlando Miracle (WNBA)
  • Ellen Randell, rowing coach, Australian Olympic Team
  • Nancy Stevens, retired field hockey coach, University of Connecticut
  • Tara VanDerveer, basketball coach, Stanford University
  • Amber Warners, volleyball and former softball coach, Calvin University
  • Jen Welter, former football coach, Arizona Cardinals; first female to coach in NFL

The book carries the endorsement of WeCOACH, the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. Author and contributor proceeds from the book go directly to WeCOACH to further its important mission.

“Dr. Cecile Reynaud’s release of Winning Ways of Women Coaches could not have come at a better time,” says Vanessa Fuchs, CEO, WeCOACH. “As our country approaches the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the national momentum to support and elevate women in sports is at an all-time high, Fuchs explains. “WeCOACH is honored and grateful for the opportunity to partner with Cecile and Human Kinetics to circulate Winning Ways of Women Coaches far and wide.

“This resource, featuring some of the most exceptional women coaches in the world, will empower both men and women who are involved in coaching our next generation of leaders,” concludes Fuchs. “It is our hope at WeCOACH that this book also inspires the next generation of women coaches to catch inspiration for their own careers—to not only join the impactful profession of coaching but remain in it.”

Winning Ways of Women Coaches is available for purchase now from Human Kinetics and will be available through other major retail and online outlets May 26. 

Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. By providing a supportive and unified network, growth and development programs and resources, and access to in-person and digital resources, WeCOACH is changing the landscape for women coaches. 



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Winning Ways of Women Coaches editor Cecile Reynaud, WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs, and contributing coaches are available for quotes, interviews, and speaking engagements (podcasts, webinars, conferences) as schedules permit. For more information, contact Mark Allemand at Human Kinetics.

Organizations wishing to purchase copies of the book in quantity should contact Jennifer Mulcahey, Human Kinetics’ national accounts manager, at 800-747-4457, ext. 2304 or

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