BCA releases Women’s Hoop Hiring Report Card

By Black Coaches and Administrators
Updated: April 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — The BCA HRC critically analyzes and grades NCAA Division I institutions that conduct searches to fill women’s basketball head coaching positions. It is the BCA’s charge to help establish equitable hiring practices for ethnic minorities that are pursuing head coaching positions.

“The hiring process should be a fair and open process, contingent upon finding the person that best fits the needs and wants of the university,” said Floyd Keith, BCA Executive Director.

The publication of this year’s Women’s Basketball Hiring Report Card presents the opportunity to both evaluate the 2007-08 hiring processes and, for the first time, evaluate any progress made in the findings from the first to second year of the study.

Dr. Richard Lapchick, author of the BCA Women’s Basketball Hiring Report card commented that “Among the several encouraging signs from this year’s report card, our evaluation indicates that universities appear more committed to conducting an inclusive interview and hiring process.”

“Equity in hiring is important to all involved in intercollegiate athletics, most of all to the student-athletes,” said Paul Hewitt, BCA President and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Georgia Tech.

Each participating school was graded in four categories:

— Communication

— Hiring/Search Committee

— Candidates Interviewed

— Reasonable Time

The full report, including the participating institutions and the final grades, is attached and can be viewed at www.bcasports.org.