Where women are shattering glass ceilings in sports

While major strides have been made in gender equity in college sports, not many Division I (the largest) schools have female athletic directors charged with overseeing both men's and women's programs, including the biggest of them all: football. One university that does is Arizona State, which three years ago hired Lisa Love away from the University of Southern California, where she'd coached the successful women's volleyball team before being promoted to associate athletic director. At "A State," she made headlines by hiring high-profile head football coach Dennis Erickson and is responsible for an almost $42 million budget, 20 varsity teams, six separate stadiums, an aquatic center, a golf course, and a tennis complex. The women who lead the overall athletic programs at I-A and I-AA schools:

  • Arizona State: Lisa Love
  • U. of California-Berkeley: Sandy Barbour
  • U. of Maryland: Deborah Yow
  • U. of Nevada-Reno: Cary Groth
  • Western Michigan: Kathy Beauregard
  • Cal Polytechnic: Alison Cone
  • Tennessee State: Teresa Phillips
  • Columbia: M. Dianne Murphy
  • Alabama A&M: Betty Austin
  • South Carolina State: Charlene Johnson
  • Monmouth: Marilyn McNeil
  • Dartmouth: Josie Harper
  • Drake: Sandy Hatfield-Clubb
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