ha-to say that the system is closed to gaining experience is ridiculous. Experience can be gained in a variety of fashions. This is proven by coaches who start off at lower levels or in different areas (ODP for example) and actually prove themselves by being successful. There is no doubt that opportunities to gain experience are available for both genders. Being qualified to coach a D1 program does not mean you need to have been a head coach at a D1 program. I would rather see a successful HC from a D2 school gain a D1 HC position then a D1 coach who has a proven record of mediocrity - regardless of gender.