The latest report on the status of women and racial and ethnic minorities in college sports has been released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
The scorecard gave a grade of B for racial diversity in college sports programs. This was the same grade received last year but it is up from a C+ three years ago
Despite progress being made in many areas, Richard Lapchick, director of TIDES and the lead author of the report, stated that “it is unsettling to see that White people still dominate the head coaching ranks. For the 2019-2020 collection of data, 85.3 percent of Division I, 86.2 percent of Division II, and 89.6 percent of Division III men’s coaches were White. On the women’s side, White people comprised 82.5 percent, 85.0 percent, and 89.5 percent in Divisions I, II, and III, respectively.”
- In Division I, African Americans make up 53.2 percent of the male student athletes in basketball and 44.6 percent in football, but Blacks are only 4 percent of the baseball student athletes.
- Blacks are 44.6 percent of the football players in Division I but only 8.1 percent of the head football coaches.
- African Americans are 9 percent of all head coaches for men’s teams and 8.8 percent of head coaches for women’s teams in Division I. The percentage of Black head coaches is significantly lower in Divisions II and III.
- Blacks are 22.7 percent of the head coaches for men’s basketball in Division I. In the 2005-06 season, African Americans were 25.2 percent of all head coaches for men’s basketball in Division I.
- African Americans make up 41.9 percent of student athletes in Division 1 women’s basketball. Blacks are 19.3 percent of the head coaches of women’s basketball teams in Division I.
- African Americans are only 1.1 percent of all head coaches in Division I baseball.
- Blacks are 10.4 percent of athletic directors at Division I institutions. African Americans have far lower representation among athletic directors at Division II and Division III colleges and universities.