The WeCOACH Podcast

Living Out My Purpose

Marlene Bjorsnrud, former WeCoach Executive Director
Marlene Bjornsrud

Marlene Bjornsrud, former coach, administrator, and gender equity advocate as well as the previous executive director of WeCoach, shares the highlights of her career and what coaching means to her

The WeCOACH Podcast is hosted by Megan Kahn

Podcast length: 57′ 32″

On Episode 12 of The WeCOACH Podcast, Megan Kahn has the privilege of sitting down with former coach and administrator, and gender equity advocate, Marlene Bjornsrud. Marlene’s career has spanned more than 40-years in college, professional and non-profit settings, including working closely with Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy to being a part of the launch of the Japanese Women Coaches Academy. Listen in as we dive into her career journey and how now, even in retirement, her deep-rooted passion for making a difference in sport and living out her purpose continues to fuel her.

  1.    Childhood and career journey

o   Growing up in the 60s

o   Coaching at Grand Canyon U

o   Transition to administration

o   Cyber Rays and launch of women’s pro soccer

  1.    Executive Director of the Alliance of Women Coaches

o   Launch of the first-ever Japanese Women Coaches Academy.

  1.    Current landscape for women in coaching

o   Barriers / Unsupportive administration

o   Burnout

o   Self-care

  •  Body/Mind/Spirit

o   Advice

o   Ya-ya’s

o   USWNT lawsuit

4.    What does the future hold

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