Letter of the Day (March 18): Girls' sports, male coaches

  • Updated: March 17, 2013 - 9:30 PM

Minneota players celebrate their 61-51 win over Ada-Borup in the girls basketball state tournament (class 1A) finals Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

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I enjoyed myself at the state high school girls’ basketball tournament this evening. The quality of girls’ play has expanded by leaps and bounds since I was in high school (a few — but not too many — years after Title IX was passed).

I was a bit surprised to see that all of the head coaches and eight of nine referees were male at the three games I watched. I looked through the program and discovered that only three of the 36 teams in the girls’ state tournament have female head coaches.

Call me a dinosaur, but I would think that after 40 years, women would trickle up into head coaching positions. It has happened in the NCAA.

Nancy Clauss, Minneapolis

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