Female coaches aim to break the glass ceiling through sport I Annual Salute to Women in Sports

Volleyball coach Kelcie Tolan reveals how the Women’s Sports Foundation changed the trajectory of her life, enabling her transition from elite volleyball player to a coach who is moving up through the ranks. Watch the full Women’s Sports Foundation's Annual Salute to Women in Sports presented by Yahoo Sports here.

Video Transcript

KELCIE TOLAN: I'm very fortunate to be a Fellow of the Tara Vanderveer grant.

TARA VANDERVEER: Getting her PhD, working in a sport that she loves, giving back to her Alma Mater-- I don't think it gets any better than that. I think that's a great example of how the fund can help someone achieve their dreams.

KELCIE TOLAN: My name is Kelcie Tolan, and I'm the assistant volleyball coach at Cal State University-San Bernadino. I had a fantastic career at that school, and I didn't feel accomplished just yet. The experience that I've had playing, I need to give back. If you can't win one playing, you might as well win one coaching.

[CROWD CHEERING]

TARA VANDERVEER: It's a real exciting time in women's athletics, and it's a time of growth. The Newman Sports Foundation is at the forefront of our fight for opportunities for women, and I'm very happy to be a part of it.

KELCIE TOLAN: Tara Vanderveer is one of the most decorated female basketball coaches out there.

TARA VANDERVEER: There definitely has been a glass ceiling, and we need to shatter that glass ceiling through sports in the same way that we are through business, and politics, and every other field.

KELCIE TOLAN: I am not afraid anymore to assert myself and be proactive on these things, because we're just as powerful if not more powerful. Now I am empowered, and now I'm going to move that on to my athletes and my players.

Without the Women's Sports Foundation, without Tara and all of her advice, I wouldn't be in this national championship mindset, at all. I wouldn't have won a national championship, I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in now. I eventually see myself as a Division I head coach.

I feel so grateful for now with this whole experience, being with the Women's Sports Foundation that I've met so many phenomenal female athletes and coaches. I feel like I can reach out to them and say, hey, what is your experience? And I think that trickles down.