Black coaches

In 1988, the Washington Washington Football Team and the Denver Broncos clashed in San Diego, Calif. for Super Bowl XXII. Quarterback Doug Williams led the Skins to victory, becoming the first Black starting quarterback to play in the big game and the first Black quarterback to be named Super Bowl MVP. SIGN UP FOR OUR […]

The odds of becoming a head coach in the NFL are small if you’re a Black man. As noted by 12up.com, “black coaches aren’t afforded the same chance to reach the pinnacle of their profession as whites, and are continually passed over in favor of…well, hunches,” the outlet writes .As we previously reported, several sports analysts have […]

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A year ago, Richard Lapchick was at least willing to consider it might be cyclical. Not any longer. Not after all but one of the coaching vacancies in the NFL have been filled. Not after — in a league where 70 percent of players are minorities — blacks have been hired for only two of […]

The late Will Robinson was a pioneering basketball head coach who achieved a pair of significant firsts. He was the first Black head coach for a Division I NCAA basketball program, and the first Black basketball high school head coach in the state of Michigan. Robinson was born June 3, 1911 in Wadesboro, N.C., and […]

The world of track and field lost a pioneering and vital figure in Fred Thompson last Tuesday (Jan. 22). The former New York state assistant attorney and high school track star left a promising legal career to help young Black girls and women achieve their track goals by establishing the Colgate Women’s Games. Thompson was […]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Doug Pederson went through this grind a few years ago, juggling the demands of his primary job as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs with overtures from NFL teams elsewhere. Matt Nagy went through the same process last winter. Now, Eric Bieniemy is getting his turn. The latest […]

Tyronn Lue didn’t make it through the season’s first month without LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their coach on Sunday and named assistant Larry Drew interim head coach. The Cavaliers are off to a 0-6 start without James, who left Cleveland this summer for the second time in his career and signed with the […]

Glenn “Doc” Rivers joined a handful of Black NBA head coaches to lead his team to the championship 10 years ago with the Boston Celtics. He joined the likes of Bill Russell, Al Attles, Lenny Wilkens, K.C. Jones, and more recently, Tyronn Lue, with the win. Rivers, 56, and the current head coach of the […]

The world of collegiate basketball witnessed history on this day in 1984 after the Georgetown Hoyas men’s team vanquished the Houston Cougars in the NCAA basketball championship game. The win made Hoyas coach John Thompson the first Black coach to win a major college basketball title. Georgetown University’s hire of Thompson, a former Boston Celtics […]

Former NBA/LA Lakers star Derek Fisher has been arrested. Fisher was busted on suspicion of DUI Sunday after crashing his car on the Ventura 101 Freeway … this following a night out in West Hollywood.CHP officials say Fisher veered into the paved right shoulder of the 101 just east of the 405 interchange. He collided […]

The NFL is making progress in the realm of diversity, making history in 2015 when the Arizona Cardinals hired a woman as part of their coaching staff. The New York Jets followed suit last month with the announcement that Collette Smith will join the team for the summer in a coaching role. Smith, 44, is […]

  Dawn Staley is one of the most celebrated women’s basketball players of her era and her collegiate career was filled with several highs but a national championship eluded her. Now, the head coach of the University of South Carolina Lady Gamecocks can finally count herself a champion after leading her squad to its first […]