Women's sports at all levels have exploded over the past decade offering opportunities to athletes that simply weren't available before.
Now female coaches are slowly getting the same opportunities, particularly here in Canada.
The national women's hockey team, of course, is ably coached by Melody Davidson, who succeeded the very successful Daniele Sauvageau.
No one had to tell Hockey Canada a woman could do that job as well as a man.
The national women's soccer program, meanwhile, recently hired Italian Carolina Morace as the successor to Even Pellurud. Morace is the first woman to coach the national program.
Whether it's soccer, hockey, baseball or other sports, more and more women are getting opportunities to coach in situations that once were reserved for men.
It's the system, quite clearly, maturing as young women who were once athletes move into the coaching ranks.
For a GTA example, check out the female hockey squad at Appleby College in Oakville, probably the province's top high school program that features Brianne Jenner, the captain of Canada's national under-18 women's team.
Three years ago, Appleby rarely won a game, but the school had the foresight to hire Bradi Cochrane, a former member of the Beatrice Aeros senior program to coach and recruit.
Yesterday, Cochrane's squad finished off a spectacular double by winning the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CiSAA) championship in overtime over Nichols School of Buffalo, a best-of-three series that went the limit and came down to yesterday's thrilling final in western New York.
The win came two weeks after Appleby captured the prestigious North American Prep Hockey Association championship over Wyoming Seminary of Pennsylvania.
Despite being one of the most promising female hockey coaches in the country, Cochrane remains in the minority in women's sport. One recent study showed that of more than 417,000 accredited coaches in all sports in Canada, less than 30 per cent are women. The Canadian Coaching Association recently completed a three-year pilot project designed to get more women involved in community and elite coaching.
So the times are a-changing. Slowly, but surely. Winning, of course, will pave the way.