“(Female coaches) weren’t something that I consciously missed or longed for, because quite honestly, there weren't a lot of them to look towards especially when I was in college,” says Benson. “Now female coaches are more visible and there are more conversations about how to navigate coaching in a male-dominated profession.”
Though visibility of elite and collegiate female coaches is certainly increasing, Benson and many others believe the massive time commitment required to coach both cross country and track and field sways women with families away from coaching.
“Coaching is just so unique in that every day looks different, you can’t go home and shut the door on it. If you’re part of a family where both parents are working that becomes a huge challenge, and I think that is really the biggest deterrent for women getting into coaching,” says Benson.