You Are My “Giants”
SoccerToday takes great pleasure in welcoming Kristi Beckman as a new columnist with this refreshing and personal take on being a female in a still male-dominated soccer world.
Isaac Newton says, “If I have seen further … it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
In my coaching career, I have stood on the “shoulders of giants for years”. Those giants were always men: men who were brave enough and secure enough to elevate a woman.
These are interesting times for us all. I find myself defending men when your entire gender is called male chauvinists, or accused of being bullies. I smile sweetly and say, “Not my guys!” I’m smart, and I have surrounded myself with the best leaders and humans in the industry. You.
Both male and female coaches often reach a point during their career where they question, “Why do I coach?”...