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December 19, 2013. LaVoi’s work on women in college coaching is featured in exclusive USA Today column by Christine Brennan Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches. Other media outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Athletic Business, espnW, and the USOC Coaching Education Newsletter among many others pick up the story.

December 19, 2013. Women in college coaching research initiative and Report Card (with infographic) authored by LaVoi is launched.

December 12, 2013. LaVoi featured in Rosenblum’s StarTribune column ‘Here’s Proof’ female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings.

December 1, 2013. The documentary Media Coverage & Female Athletes featuring LaVoi premieres on tptMN.

December 1, 2013.LaVoi featured in 3-part series on tptMN blog. The Idea Behind the #HERESPROOF Project

November 26, 2013.LaVoi featured in 3-part series on tptMN blog. The Statistics Behind Media Coverage and Female Athletes.

November 23, 2013. LaVoi featured in 3-part series on tptMN blog.An Inside Look at Media Coverage and Female Athletes with Nicole LaVoi.

November 8, 2013. LaVoi’s report on women coaches cited in ProPublica article titled Personnel Fouls: Sex Discrimination Suits Shake Tennessee Athletics.


October 10, 2013.LaVoi’s invited column for the New York Times “Room for Debate”- Can Playing Ball Be Bad for Children? addresses opportunities for girls in athletics in the context of some parents’ “winning at all costs” attitude.

October 1, 2013.LaVoi quoted in Star Tribune article titled Don’t drop this ball: the plight of the totally uncoordinated sports parent.

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September 24, 2013. LaVoi appears on WCCO TV and comments on gender differences and intermittent fasting.
September 9, 2013. LaVoi quoted in article titled Does Sex Actually Sell Surfing?

August 27, 2013. LaVoi quoted in espnW article by Kate Fagan Sex Sells? Trend May be Changing.

June 12, 2013 LaVoi quoted in MinnPost article by Gregg Aamot titled Rethinking youth sports: Businessman David Baird tries a different kind of hockey camp

May 12, 2013 LaVoi participates in HuffPost Live panel on Sports Illustrated’s Lady Problem?

LaVoi was invited by the National Alliance for Youth Sports write an “Ask the Expert” column for their Sporting kid Spring 2013 magazine about a mother’s concern about lacrosse being too aggressive for her daughter.

April 9, 2013. LaVoi appears on KARE 11 TV with Jana Shortal talking about Griner trying out for the NBA.

April, 8, 2013. LaVoi quoted in Daily Chronicle article titled “As more girls play sports, fewer women have coaching jobs”

March 26, 2013. LaVoi talks to WCCO TV reporter Heather Brown on The Good Question about why women’s sport is not televised.

March 20, 2013. LaVoi comments on the controversies surrounding Brittney Griner in the espnW article by Kate Fagan, “What Brittney Griner says about us.”

March 19, 2013. LaVoi explains the misconceptions of Title IX and the stereotypes surrounding gender capabilities in sport in Northwest Herald article “Invading the boys club.

March 13, 2013. LaVoi interviewed by The Oregonian about tips for getting your teenage daughter physically active.

February 25, 2013. LaVoi quoted in Clarion Ledger in article about sexual abuse in sport and the power held by coaches.

February 13, 2013. LaVoi weighs in on WCCO TV about the high school hockey Farmington goalie quitting mid-game.

January 7, 2013. LaVoi quoted in StarTribune article about how parents can help tween girls develop healthy self-esteem.


October 17, 2012. LaVoi quoted in StarTribune article about parental violence at youth sport events.

August 8, 2012. Read LaVoi’s invited commentary on MPR about gender and the Olympics titled, “In London and elsewhere, women athletes have made this a year to shine.”

August 8, 2012. LaVoi talks to KARE 11’s Rena Sarigianopoulos about the first female to referee an NFL game.

July 31, 2012. LaVoi appears on KARE 11 TV discussing Olympian Missy Franklin’s unique pathway to elite performance.

June 23, 2012. LaVoi quoted and writes scholarly pieces about the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

June 22, 2012. LaVoi appears on FOX 9 News discussing the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

June 8, 2012. LaVoi is featured in the College of Education and Human Development’s Vision 2020: Ideas. Research. Impact. Her blog is titled Concussions and Female Athletes – Prevention and Treatment

May 29, 2012. LaVoi’s column “Title IX: The status of women’s sports after 40 years” appears in the June issue of the Minnesota Women’s Press.


  • April 2011. LaVoi quoted in Fitness magazine story “This Way Up” on the process of goal setting.
  • March 24, 2011. LaVoi interviewed on Fox 9 News regarding the Minneapolis being awarded an expansion team of the Lingerie Football League. To see the interview click here.
  • March 4, 2011. LaVoi quoted extensively in The Sputnik newspaper on Selling sex doesn’t sell sports.


  • February 18, 2010. LaVoi talked with Buck Benson of The Roadhouse Radio Show on WTIP, a community radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. LaVoi discussed the benefits of sport participation for girls.
  • February 15, 2010. LaVoi quoted in the New York Times Well Blog on the benefit of sports to girls entitled “As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends,” by Tara Parker-Pope.
  • February 15, 2010. LaVoi interviewed by Fox9 TV on a fight that broke out among sport parents at a recent Burnsville, MN, 6th grade basketball tournament. LaVoi talks about sporting situations that can result in parents fighting.
  • February 10, 2010. LaVoi appears in a KARE-11 TV video interview as part of a short piece entitled “Lindsey Vonn poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.” LaVoi’s recent blog post drew fire in highlighting the media’s propensity to portray female athletes as sex objects.
  • January 13, 2010. LaVoi commented in a WCCO video interview on concerns regarding Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn’s weight. Some Austrian coaches had commented that Vonn’s higher weight advantages her. LaVoi points out that “when it comes to female athletes, many people talk more about how they look than what they actually do.”

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