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Friday Win the Week-10 Talks with

Sharon Clark,

Butler University

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

and President of the

American Volleyball

Coaches Association

Credentials: Sharon's 10 Moments:

  • Butler Volleyball All-Time Wins Leader

  • Seven 20-Win seasons at Butler

  • 12 Winning Seasons at Butler

  • 2010 NCAA Tournament Appearance

  • University of California-Davis head coach with 97 wins.

  • Humboldt State (Arcata, CA) head coach

  • 2005 Graduate of NCAA’s Women Coaches Academy

  • Winner of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship

  • 1985-1988 Clark played collegiate volleyball at Cal State-Sacramento.

  • 1989 Bachelor of Science degree in education, Cal State-Sacramento

  • 1994 Master’s degree in sports administration, Cal State-Sacramento



  1. In the coaching arena, men are usually compared to women no matter what the accomplishments are. Due to gender stereotypes and societal norms, men have more room to be more aggressive, assertive, or loud compared to women. When women act this way, it becomes more to do with their gender than it does their coaching abilities. 

  2. How do you recruit? Your ability as a player to have a conversation with a coach will let them know if you are able to come and compete in their program. Being able to be emotionally intelligent when having discussions or interviews with players and looking for signs of what you are looking for is a good way to recruit; you just need to know what you’re looking for. Ask players what coaches they have had in the past and what they liked and didn’t like about those individuals.

  3. Continue to groom women into coaching. At the youth level, girls learn at a very early age to be more coddled and less critiqued than men because of gender stereotypes of being too ‘weak’ or unable to handle it emotionally. Teaching them young that women are just as able to be coached by other women as they are men will help them to become more open to feedback and be able to be coached by people who will not sugarcoat things.

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Women Winning Wednesday-

10 Talks with

Carlette Patterson and

Kathleen J. DeBoer

Carlette and Kathy discuss

How Women Win

after hearing from

Melissa Leullen,

Auburn University

Head Women's Golf Coach


  1. The relatability aspect has been emphasized throughout many of our conversations with women coaches and athletes. Having a relationship with your coach or athlete is important to many females within the sports industry, whereas with men, it is more transactional. “Women must bond to battle, and men must battle to bond” -Kathleen DeBoer. If men are presented with a secure opportunity to get better at their craft, they will invest what they need in order to get to where they want to be. On the other hand, women are more thorough with who they work with and are less transactional in these relationships. 

  2. Athletes will demand authenticity from us. After recruiting an athlete, as women, we cannot succeed without being authentic to our athletes. Though in a way it is still transactional - the athlete came to you to be a better player and to win, and you as their coach promised that to them - the authenticity component is still important to make that relationship work. Without it, cohesion may be lacking, and the relationship will not flourish.

  3. There has been a huge transformation within the coaching industry when it comes to gender. Many female coaches nowadays even prefer coaching other women, which is perfectly okay. Similarly, with male coaches, it has become more normal and accepted for them to coach female athletes compared to the past.

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Friday Win the Week-10 Talks with

Melissa Luellen,

Auburn University

Head Women's Golf Coach

Credentials: Melissa's 10 Moments:

  • 20 Years as Head Coach, 5 x Conference Coach of the Year

  • 16 x NCAA Championship Appearances, 12 x NCAA Top-10, NCAA Team Title

  • 2015 - Present, Head Golf Coach Auburn University

  • 2003-2015, Head Golf Coach, Arizona State University

  • 2001-2002, Head Golf Coach, University of Tulsa

  • 2019 Inductee, Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame

  • 2014 Inductee, WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

  • 2000 Inductee, University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame

  • Played 11 Years on the LPGA Tour



  1. How do you change and win? Embrace challenges and anchor in your competitive spirit to help move through tough patches. Surround yourself with those who love the game as much as you and emulate the same level of passion that you do. 

  2. Rest and recover. This can appear as many different things depending on the person. Find something that re-energizes you, whether that be physically resting, spending time with family, or going out with friends, and make sure to carve out time in your schedule to do these things. Rest and recovery is equally as important to training and preparation in order to come back refreshed and sharp.