The MIAC received high marks from the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in its 2018-19 coaching report card.
The percentage of female head coaches in the conference of Division III schools has increased by 8.8 percent the past five years.
The Tucker Center data showed that women held 46.9 percent of head coaching positions (61 of 130) within the MIAC for the 2018-19 academic year. That figure was 38.1 percent in 2013-14.
The report also gave individual praise to Carleton College, which received an 'A' grade with 70 percent female coaches on staff, as well as Concordia Moorhead, which had a dramatic 40 percent increase in female head coaches over the past year.
Registration opens for TC Marathon in October
Registration for the 38th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will open to the public Thursday at 10 a.m. The 26.2 mile race, which runs from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol in St. Paul, will be held Sunday, Oct. 6.
Registration, which will be conducted online at tcmevents.org/marathon, is currently $108, with prices rising as the event fills.
• Macalester senior Phoebe Aguiar was selected the Central Region Athlete of the Year for women's indoor track by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She broke the all-time MIAC record in the 800 meters (2:11.24) last month. She won 600 and 800 conference indoor championships two weeks ago.
• Gophers men's cross-country coach Steve Plasencia was named the senior men's coach for Team USATF, which will compete at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark. Gophers true freshman Khalid Hussein, a native of Plymouth, will compete for the USATF junior team.
• St. Thomas center Hannah Spaulding was named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Jostens Trophy, given to the outstanding NCAA Division III women's basketball player.
• The Julianne Bye Cup, the new trophy for the women's WCHA regular-season champion, will be on display at Ridder Arena for the Final Faceoff this weekend.