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Numbers of African America women coaches extremely low (USA)

African American women have been at the forefront of women?s college basketball since its inception. Despite that, we don?t get a chance to see that highlighted when it comes to African American women as head coaches.

A study done by Richard Lapchick for Diversity and Ethics in Sports showed 11.4% of head coaches in women?s college basketball were African American women back in the 2016-2017 season. That is only 37 of the 315 head coaches (at the time of the study).

This brings up a fundamental question: where are the black coaches?

?They are not getting very many opportunities and it?s not usual for an African American woman to get a second chance let alone a first,? Lapchick detailed to USA Today. ?Too often what?s happened with African American head coaches is if they aren?t successful in the first two or three years they get a shorter period to (succeed) in. It?s problematic for sure.?

Fortunately, we were able to see some hires of African American women in the coaching ranks.

  • Tina Thompson ? University of Virginia
  • Velaida Harris ? Weber State University
  • Alex Simmons ? Gardner-Webb University
  • Tasha Pointer ? University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Audra Smith ? South Carolina State University
  • Marisa Moseley ? Boston University
  • Yolett McPhee-McCuin ? Ole Miss
  • Ravon Justice ? Sam Houston State University
  • Tomeika Reed ? Jackson State University
  • Sandy Pugh ? Prairie View A&M University

Of the African American women who were hired to start the season, only Audra Smith, Sandy Pugh, and Yolett McPhee McCuin have prior head coaching experience. Although the rest of the coaches will have first years as head coaches, this is still a move in the right direction. First chances might be considered as important as second chances.



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