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Black head coaches numbers falling in D-1 hoops

Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 11:38 am
By Jeff Goodman

Just a few years ago, there were seven black head coaches in the ACC.

Al Skinner, Paul Hewitt, Dave Leitao, Sidney Lowe, Oliver Purnell, Frank Haith and Leonard Hamilton.

Now just one remains.


He's currently the only black head coach in the ACC.

"This decline, while drastic in the ACC is not a pattern that has not gone unnoticed by the BCA (Black Coaches and Administrators)," BCA's Floyd Keefe said in a statement to

Keefe pointed out that the 19 percent ratio of black head coaches to black D-1 men's basketball players back in 1987 is what inspired the BCA. Just 11 percent (excluding the historically black colleges and universities) of head coaches were black at that time.

In 2005, that number more than doubled to an all-time high of 25.2 percent, according to the BCA.

Since then, it has dipped a bit to 22.6 percent - and just 20 percent among BCS schools.

Here's the list of black head coaches in the Power 6 Conferences:

ACC - Leonard Hamilton
Big Ten - Tubby Smith
Big 12 - Frank Haith
Pac-12 - Craig Robinson, Johnny Dawkins, Lorenzo Romar
Big East - John Thompson III, Oliver Purnell, Ed Cooley, Stan Heath
SEC - Anthony Grant, Mike Anderson, Tony Barbee, Trent Johnson, Cuonzo Martin

"From the BCA's perspective, there appears to be a "slow leak in the plumbing" and we (BCA) have to examine the problem?" Keefe said.

One coach, who wished to remain anonymous, had a legitimate explanation.

"It's all about trends," he said. "Right now, everyone is out there trying to find the Brad Stevens lookalike. Back in 2005, Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt was coming off a national title game appearance."

Category: NCAAB
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Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:50 pm

Black head coaches numbers falling in D-1 hoops

I wonder why they dont get after coaches who dont have enough white players on their teams ?

Same difference.

Just another racist group trying to cry racism when they need to look in the mirror.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:38 am

Black head coaches numbers falling in D-1 hoops

Who really cares what color the coach is? I assume it only has to do with wins/losses at the end of the day. Has anyone, including the BCA, gotten the statistics on whether or not a black coach has a better win percentage than his white or hispanic counterpart? The increase in black D-1 coaches was a trend, perpetuated by increased pressure by the BCA through the press, and like all other trends, it silently slips back to the "norm" as public scrutiny dies down. If blacks coaches want to be taken seriously, get rid of organizations like the BCA...what does the WCA (White Coaches and Administrators) have to say about this? Is Coack K a member of the PCA? What are their feelings about the percentage of Polish coaches out there? If a coach is successful at any level, and earns respect for his talent in coaching, it won't matter what his ethnicity. Did the black coaches that lost their job have a winning record? Probably not, and that's just how it goes in life. Get over it, BCA. Do the math...

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