Three former coaches at Highland Community College in Kansas have filed a lawsuit against the college claiming that high-ranking administrators at the college pressured them to recruit fewer Black athletes.
The lawsuit alleges Highland administrators sought to discourage Blacks from attending the school, intimidated Black student-athletes into leaving, and told coaches not to recruit African Americans. Two of the former coaches who are plaintiffs in the suit are Black. Their contracts expired in 2020 and they were not rehired.
An attorney for the plaintiffs stated that “the administration acted in a concerted fashion to discriminate against Black student-athletes, and when challenged by coaches trying to do the right thing, reacted by smearing the reputations of those coaches, depriving them both of due process and future work possibilities.”
Highland Community College enrolls about 2,700 students. In 2020, the student body was 10 percent Black.