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Black coaches find closed doors in the college ranks

African American players may dominate college football fields and basketball courts, but behind the scenes it's a different story. According to a study by Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, minorities are vastly underrepresented in college coaching and upper management ranks.

During the 1995-96 season, only 4.2% of the 7,101 head coaching positions in men's sports were held by African Americans. Worse yet, black women coached only 1.5% of the 6,881 college women's teams. In contrast, at the NCAA Division I level, 63% of basketball players, 52% of football players and 6.9% of baseball players were black males.

Of the three major college sports, basketball has the highest percentage of black head coaches, 11.3%, vs. 2.7% for football and 0.8% for baseball. Moving further into the managerial ranks, only 8.6% of athletic directors, the top management spot on the college level, were people of color. As the report concludes, the diversity in the playing fields needs to be extended to decision-making positions.
 Percentage of Black Administrators
 at NCAA Member Institutions

 1995-96 1997-98 Change

Director of athletics 7.5% 6.9% 0.6%
Associate director of athletics 8.2 6.8 -1.4
Assistant director of athletics 8.5 8.9 +0.4
Senior woman administrator 9.1 9.1 --
Academic advisor 20.0 24.8 +3.9
Overall(*) 8.4 8.5 +0.1


NOTE: Figures do not include historically black colleges and universities

(*) All athletics administrators, including graduate assistants and interns.
 Percentage of Black Head Coaches
 at NCAA Member Institutions

 1995-96 1997-98 Change

Men's teams 7.6% 7.8% +0.2%
Women's teams 7.5 7.3 -0.2
Men's revenue sports(*) 12.7 13.0 +0.3
Women's revenue sports(**) 12.2 10.6 -1.6


NOTE: Figures do not include historically black colleges and universities

(*) Football and basketball.

(**) Basketball.
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Author:Williams-Harold, Bevolyn
Publication:Black Enterprise
Date:Jan 1, 1999
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