Since women took over the NFL to women’s basketball, the best female coaches in the history of sports are trailblazers, groundbreakers​, and legends. In the past 10 or 15 years, most women had trouble gaining positions as assistant coaches, even with impeccable resumes and records, which makes them stand out. Here is a list of the best female coaches in the history of sports.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith the first full time female coach in the National Football League’s history. Starting her coaching career by working with the New York Jets, she worked her way up through various administrative roles at the same time spending time learning how to motivate a large team. Although this career path isn’t typical, it had a huge payoff when she became a player personnel assistant. Playing the role of a player personnel assistant, she was exposed to a different side of the relationship between player and coach.

In 2016, Kathryn hit the big time working under Michael Hamlin and engaging with the American professional football team’s men. We can expect even more greatness from Kathryn when she still keeps showcasing her leadership skills from the sidelines.

Becky Hammon

A list of female coaches can’t be complete without the name of Becky Hamon, who is an all-star among female athletes and has been leading a very successful basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs. The Women’s National Basketball Association saw Becky’s rise as an athlete, and she now passes her skills, knowledge, and positive attitude onto other athletes, both male or female.

Becky Hammon grew up in the United States but she gained Russian citizenship through naturalization in 2008. One highlight of her athletic career that would lead her into a top coach position was her presence on the Russian national team during the Olympic games in 2008 and 2012.

She also has an athletic career that far surpasses many other coaching women. As one of the best female coaches of all time, she has won the WNBA All-Star award for six times and is also one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time.