Bio: Dr. Nicole Lavoi
Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph D.
Director, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
Senior Lecturer, School of Kinesiology
University of Minnesota
Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Through her multidisciplinary research she answers critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of sport stakeholders—particularly girls and women. As a leading scholar on gender, leadership and women coaches LaVoi has published numerous book chapters, research reports and peer reviewed articles across multiple disciplines. Her seminal research includes the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card which is aimed at retaining and increasing the number of women in the coaching profession, a groundbreaking book Women in Sports Coaching (2016), and a documentary GAME ON: Women Can Coach (2018). GAME ON is the third collaborative film project with tptMN, the first Concussion & Female Athletes (2011) was Emmy-nominated, the second Media Coverage & Female Athletes: Women Play Sports, Just Not in the Media (2013) won a regional Emmy for best sports documentary. As a public scholar she speaks frequently to sport stakeholders, fields media requests, and serves on national advisory boards for Gustavus Women in Leadership (GWiL, Sports Advocacy Network of the Women’s Sport Foundation, espnW and WeCOACH. LaVoi is also part of the core teaching faculty at the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. LaVoi played collegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College where her teams took 1st, 2nd and 4th place during her tenure at the NCAA-III National Championships and she was a two-time Academic All-American. Prior to her career in the academy, she was the head tennis coach at Wellesley College.