A Report Card for Sports Hiring

Annual study finds progress for women but declines for minorities in college athletics hiring.
June 3, 2005

Women gained ground in their representation among college sports administrators and coaches but members of underrepresented minority groups lost ground, according to an annual survey released Thursday by Richard E. Lapchick, head of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

The 2004 Racial and Gender Report Card for college sports gave the industry a grade of B- for the hiring and promotion status of members of minority groups and B+ for its treatment of women. Last year, college sports programs got grades of B for both, so women made some progress and minorities fell back, in the institute's view. The grades are based on the representation of women and minority coaches, sports officials, presidents and others involved in the sports enterprise.

The institute also grades the professional sports leagues, and the overall grade of B for college sports placed it third, behind the Women's National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association but ahead of all other pro leagues.

Specifically, the report card gave the college sports industry grades of A for the strong representation of blacks among Division I basketball coaches and women in leadership positions at the National Collegiate Athletic Association's central office, for instance. But colleges fared poorly, garnering grades of F, for the dearth of women and members of minority groups among athletics directors, conference commissioners, and college presidents in Division I.

For example, the report notes the commissioners of all Division I-A conferences are white men, and that of the more than 100 colleges in Division I-A, 94.9 percent had white men as their presidents, 3.4 percent were black men, and 2 percent were Latino. Thirteen of the institutions had female presidents.


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