Study: Women’s Athletics Lack Diversity

By Free Radical

Dawn Staley coached the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship in 2017.

Dawn Staley coached the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship in 2017.

Though African-American athletes dominate several collegiate sports, their numbers among coaches is disproportionately small, according to a new report.

This is definitely the case in women’s sports. It was revealed that nearly 88% of coaches of women’s college teams are White and 57% of them are men. Only 7% of women’s college sports coaches are Black, 2.8% are Latino, 2.2% are Asian, and less than 1% are Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Conferences such as the Ivy League, Big Ten, Big East, and the SEC were given Fs for diversity. The SEC is home to the current women’s basketball champions, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, coached by Dawn Staley, a Black woman.

Clemson University, located in South Carolina, had the highest percentage of coaches of color for women’s athletics with 55%.

While the non-White numbers were dismal, the number of women coaching women’s sports teams was higher, with roughly 43.1% of all women’s sports teams coached by a woman. The University of Cincinnati and the University of Central Florida were ranked highest with 80% of their women’s teams being taught by women.

The study was conducted by LGBT SportSafe, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.

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