Some positive steps in hiring

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 31, 2010

Charlie Strong (left) and Joker Phillips

Charlie Strong (left) and Joker Phillips

NEW YORK — Saturday’s football game featuring African-American head coaches Charlie Strong (Louisville) and Joker Phillips (Kentucky) spotlights an increase in the number of minority head coaches on the sidelines this season.

The number of minority coaches in Division I at the Football Bowl Subdivision level compared to this time last year increased from eight to 15, although there are 119 coaches in that subdivision.

In June 2008, there were only three head football coaches of color at the FBS level. Overall, there are 33 minority head football coaches across all divisions, excluding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

That number includes 29 African-Americans. The NCAA sponsors programming to assist ethnic minority football coaches with career advancement.

Programs available include the Future Coaches Academy for coaching hopefuls, the Coaches Academy for coaches with at least three to eight years of experience, the Expert Coaches Forum for coaches with at least eight years of experience and the Champions Forum for selected coaches ready to become head coaches.

NOTE: The Louisville-Kentucky game will be seen regionally on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

DIVISION I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) (15 out of 119)


Head Coach


University of Kansas

Turner Gill

African American

University of Houston

Kevin Sumlin

African American

University of New Mexico

Mike Locksley

African American

U.S. Naval Academy

Ken Niumatalolo

Pacific Islander

University of Miami

Randy Shannon

African American

Florida International

Mario Cristobal


Miami of Ohio

Mike Haywood

African American

Eastern Michigan University

Ron English

African American

New Mexico State University

Dwayne Walker

African American

University of Memphis

Larry Porter

African American

University of Virginia

Mike London

African American

Western Kentucky University

Willie Taggart

African American

University of Louisville

Charlie Strong

African American

University of Kentucky

Joker Phillips

African American

East Carolina

Ruffin McNeill

African American

Courtesy of NCAA News