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Whites Dominate Head Coaching Positions in College Sports: Report

Whites still disproportionately hold most of the head coaching positions in college sports, according to a recent report.

The report regarding the status of women and racial and ethnic minorities in college sports, conducted by Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, gave a grade of B for racial diversity in college sports programs, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

While this was the same grade received last year, it is up from a C+ three years ago, the Journal reported.

“It is unsettling to see that White people still dominate the head coaching ranks. For the 2019-2020 collection of data, 85.3% of Division I, 86.2% of Division II, and 89.6% of Division III men’s coaches were White,” said Richard Lapchick, TIDES director and the lead author of the report. “On the women’s side, White people comprised 82.5%, 85.0%, and 89.5% in Divisions I, II, and III, respectively.”

Other highlights of the report:

– In Division I, African Americans make up 53.2% of the male student-athletes in basketball and 44.6% in football, but Blacks are only 4% of the baseball student-athletes.

– Blacks are 44.6% of the football players in Division I but only 8.1% of the head football coaches.

– African Americans are 9% of all head coaches for men’s teams and 8.8% of head coaches for women’s teams in Division I. The percentage of Black head coaches is significantly lower in Divisions II and III.

– Blacks are 22.7% of the head coaches for men’s basketball in Division I. In the 2005-06 season, African Americans were 25.2% of all head coaches for men’s basketball in Division I.

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