Black Coaches on the Rise with the NCAA

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

The NCAA is striving to boost the number of black head coaches in the collegiate realm. According the the Associated Press, “Seven African-American coaches, including three former NFL players, were participating Friday in The Champion Forum, the top tier of the NCAA’s coaching academy, during a weeklong convention of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.” This event took place in Orlando, Florida.

It is important to note that the NCAA is not only looking increase the number of black coaches. Reportedly the purpose of The Champion Forum is to focus on increasing the number of “ethnic minorities” as a whole in head coaching positions at colleges that have football teams. This year’s motto also includes informing coaches that they are responsible for more than making sure their players can handle hits on the field. The NCAA also expects all of their coaches to look after budgeting, fundraising, and alumni relations in addition to other things.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.



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