Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: Blacks Don't Have Same Prospects for Head Coaching Positions as Whites

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: Blacks Don't Have Same Prospects for Head Coaching Positions as Whites

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

If you're an African-American basketball player who aspires to be a head college coach one day, you may already have fouled out.

Researchers at Texas A&M University say that African-Americans don't have the same job prospects as their White counterparts, when it comes to being hired as a head coach.

Researchers George Cunningham and Mike Sagas of Texas A&M's Laboratory for Diversity in Sport surveyed 300 NCAA Division I basketball programs and found that White coaches were more likely to hire White assistant coaches. Conversely, African-American coaches were more likely to have African-American coaches, but overall African-Americans were far more under-represented on the staffs of White head coaches (at 30 percent) but not of African-American coaches (45 percent).

Also, because Whites represent the majority of head coaches, African-Americans are at a disadvantage in terms of being hired as an assistant coach.

"The study pretty much boils down to this: coaches tend to hire other coaches who are just like themselves, Cunningham says of the survey. …

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