You might remember in 2014, Corinne Diacre was named head coach of Ligue 2 club Clermont Foot. It made her the first woman to coach a men’s professional team to a league victory. I thought it was fabulous and posted about it here.
It’s 2016, 18 months after she first took over the squad. Since then teams in both the NFL and NBA have both named women to their coaching staffs. There’s still misogynist kick back, but I’m delighted to see these paths being cleared.18 months later and she is still in charge of Clermont. They finished the 2014-15 season in 12th and Diacre was named Ligue 2 manager of the year. Currently, Clermont are sitting 6th in the table but only 5 points back from promotion.
Could this be it?! Could Ligue 1 become a trailblazer and be the first top tier men’s league with a female head coach?! I sure hope so!
She’s actually done incredibly well with this team (the highest they’ve ever finished in Ligue 2 is 5th) on a tiny budget. Most of the key players for Clermont are free transfers and loan players.
I actually have a photo of me standing in the technical area of the Bernabeu in that same pose. Except I was faking it…
I share ESPNFC.com‘s sentiment:
…Corinne Diacre serves as a trailblazer when it comes to clubs realizing that coaching talent knows no gender. She’s the manager of Clermont Foot in France’s Ligue 2, and while some saw her appointment in 2014 as a publicity stunt, 18 months later she’s still there. Clermont haven’t been relegated. The sky hasn’t fallen. She is just a football coach who happens to use a different bathroom than the one her players use. It’s the new normal. Deal with it.
This woman is my hero. I’m not entirely sure how to put words to it.
Rock the hell on!
*I couldn’t help the Bikini Kill reference