The Star Tribune’s David La Vaque reports today that in women’s high school hockey, only 21 percent of the state’s programs are coached by women. And no team led by a woman has ever won a state title.
There’s a reality about the State of Hockey — it can be stuck in the ’60s when it comes to female coaches and the way parents and players react to the notion that women know a thing or two about the game.
Caesare Engstrom, in her eighth season as an assistant at Hill-Murray, said she attended a coaches educational function last fall in Blaine. The male head coach of a team on Hill-Murray’s schedule throughout Engstrom’s tenure asked who she coached for.
Mounds View co-head coach Christina Hanson said that on several occasions, opposing coaches shook hands with Aaron Moberg, her male counterpart, but ignored her.
“You cannot be a weak-minded female and coach in this game,” Hanson said.
From the sound of things, the toughest obstacle is the female players.
“They told me, ‘We don’t want you,’ ” said Jessica Christopherson, who was hired to coach Coon Rapids in 2010. “They had never played for a female head coach.”