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Inaugural Hiring Report Card of NCAA men's basketball head coaches calls attention to need for diversity


November 15, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In an effort to address equity in the hiring process among intercollegiate sports, directly pertaining to employment of ethnic minorities, Black Coaches & Administrators has released the inaugural Hiring Report Card from the 2011‐12 hiring cycle of head coaches in men’s basketball of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Institutions.

The study was conducted for BCA by the Indiana School of Journalism/National Sports Journalism Center on the IUPUI campus. The complete report can be viewed on the Black Coaches & Administrators website.

“We are honored to collaborate with NSJC on the men's basketball HRC project,” said Floyd A. Keith, BCA executive director.

The 2012 Hiring Report Card provides an opportunity to evaluate the hiring process and create a baseline to measure progress.

“The number of black male (Division I) basketball student‐athletes has steadily increased in recent years, but we have not seen the same trend in the hiring of black head coaches of men's basketball,” Keith said.

Pamela C. Laucella, academic director for the National Sports Journalism Center at IUPUI and principal author of the Hiring Report Card, said, “This inaugural study will contribute to projects which promote accountability and transparency, and reinforce the need for sound and equitable hiring processes at universities and institutions of higher learning. The NSJC is committed to promoting and implementing diversity and inclusion in teaching, research and events. It trains students to critically analyze professional and ethical choices, and supports practical research that influences perception and policy within industry and society.”

BCA is highly charged to advocate for inclusion on all levels of sport, and we are thrilled to add the D-I men’s basketball head coaching hires to the BCA annual HRC’s. The process indicates that institutions appear more committed to conducting an inclusive interview and hiring process, yet much progress is still needed.

About the Black Coaches & Administators

The Black Coaches & Administrators is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The BCA is committed to creating a positive enlightened environment where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely and resolved honestly. The BCA's focus involves the concerns of its colleagues in professional sports, NCAA (Division I, II and III), NAIA (Division I and II), junior college and high school levels.

About the IU School of Journalism/National Sports Journalism Center

The IU School of Journalism is 100 years old and continues its legacy of preparing leading journalists and industry professionals. The Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center is the most comprehensive institute for the study of sports journalism in America and is the only graduate program in sports journalism in the country. Through its academic courses and other programs, the center provides top quality and cutting‐edge instruction on sports media for everyone from high school students to veteran professionals.