Women’s soccer coach Stephanie Cox brings an impressive pedigree—and an introspective approach—to the job.
For Stephanie Cox, books are an essential teaching tool. This spring, not long after the “interim” tag was removed from her title as the head women’s soccer coach, she held a book club with her players. They discussed Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, to better understand how they needed to rely on each other and embrace their vulnerabilities.
But Cox also likes to assign books to herself. And the one she recently chose was Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion, by Meredith Fineman. “I’ve always tried to be humble about my accomplishments,” Cox says. “But as I’m recruiting athletes, I realized I can’t be hesitant to talk about my experience in a way that’s genuine, and that resonates with our core values as a program.”