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Black Coaches United strives to foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments – in our sport and in our communities – through training, mentoring, and advocacy on behalf of Black athletes, coaches, and administrators.

EMPOWER

The BCU will expand the overall population of head racial and ethnic minority coaches by working with colleges, universities, search firms, private clubs and conferences to promote, identify and hire racial and ethnic minority coaches for top leadership positions, at all levels of coaching.

The BCU members will use their platform to strengthen ties to their communities. Annual programs will facilitate stronger connections with community leaders, citizens, and law enforcement that break down barriers and foster better teamwork.

EDUCATE

The BCU will create a mentorship program, pairing more experienced members with younger and less experienced emerging leaders.

The BCU will hold quarterly webinars for our members with experts and leaders across a diverse range of industries, including private enterprises, medical professionals, and leaders across the sports world, law enforcement, education, and beyond.

EXPOSE

The BCU will review National Collegiate Athletic Association practices and policies that have a disproportionately negative impact on women and all people of color. We will also organize and empower our athletes to use their collective voices to express their concerns and drive change.

The BCU will use its collective platform to speak out when we recognize social inequality and systemic racism in voting, education, and employment opportunities in America.

Our Mission

"Don't let the sum total of your existence be eight to 10 pounds of air."- John Thompson

Black Coaches United and its members represent considerable reach and following and will use their platforms – individually and collectively – to advocate for change and speak out against racism and inequity. The BCU will provide training, mentoring and advocacy for coaches at all levels: from grassroots and high school basketball, to college basketball, the NBA, and the WNBA. This training will enable coaches to better connect with, educate, and empower the young people they work with, with an emphasis on kids of color and fostering the next generation of social justice advocates.

Actions to Achieve Mission

CREATE A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, PAIRING EXPERIENCED MEMBERS WITH LESS EXPERIENCED EMERGING LEADERS

HOLD QUARTERLY WEBINARS FOR MEMBERS WITH LEADERS ACROSS A DIVERSE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES

MEMBERS WILL USE THEIR PLATFORM TO STRENGTHEN TIES TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

ANNUAL PROGRAMS WILL FACILITATE STRONGER CONNECTIONS WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS, CITIZENS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

REVIEW NCAA PRACTICES AND POLICIES THAT HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATELY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON WOMEN AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR

WHEN NECESSARY USE COLLECTIVE PLATFORM TO SPEAK OUT, PROMOTE POSITIVE CHANGE, AND SUPPORT ACCOLADES FROM PEERS

Founders

Natasha Adair

Head Coach University of Delaware

Tommy Amaker

Head Coach Harvard University

Rod Barnes

Head Coach UC-Bakersfield

Mark Blocker

Assistant Coach Adelphi University

Raphael Chillious

Associate Athletic Director South Kent School

Jamion Christian

Head Coach George Washington University

Kia Damon-Olson

Head Coach Lafayette College

Johnny Dawkins

Head Coach UCF

Dave Dickerson

Head Coach USC Upstate

Terri Williams-Flournoy

Former Head Coach Georgetown University/Auburn University

Murray Garvin

Head Coach Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Frank Haith

Head Coach University of Tulsa

Leonard Hamilton

Head Coach Florida State University

Paul Hewitt

Scout LA Clippers

Ricky Lefft

General Counsel The BCU

Cuonzo Martin

Head Coach University of Missouri

Shaka Smart

Head Coach Marquette University

Audra Smith

Head Coach South Carolina State University

Tubby Smith

Head Coach High Point University

Benjy Taylor

Head Coach Tuskegee University

Mike Jones

Head Coach UNC Greensboro

John Thompson III

VP Washington Wizards

Fred Watson

Head Coach Miles College

Helen Williams

HMW Sports, LLC

Ray McCallum

Associate Head Coach Tulane University

Rob Evans

Former Head Coach at Arizona State University

Charlene Thomas-Swinson

Former Head Coach Tulsa Univ./St John’s Univ./WNBA Assistant

Rodney Terry

Head Coach UTEP

Executive Director Paul Hewitt

 

 

“We don’t dream enough. A man’s and a woman’s dreams soon become their realities. Dream big. We cannot accomplish anything in our lives unless we imagine it first.” – George Raveling

Trailblazers

Patricia Cage-Bibbs

Winningest DIV I women’s coach of all HBCUs

Sherryta Freeman

Director of Athletics Lafayette College

Lusia Harris

First and only woman ever officially drafted by the NBA

Clarence "Big House" Gaines

Head Coach Winston-Salem State University

Bernadette Lock-Mattox

First Female Assistant Coach in Men’s College Basketball

John McClendon

First African-American Head Coach in Professional Sports

Carolyn Peck

First African-American woman to win national championship

George Raveling

First African-American Head Coach in the Pac-8 Conference

Nolan Richardson

Only coach to win Div 1, NIT, & JUCO championships

Tubby Smith

Current Head Coach at High Point University

Candice Storey Lee

First African American woman to head an SEC athletics program

John Thompson

First African-American coach to win a major collegiate championship in basketball

Marian E. Washington

Former Head Coach University of Kansas

Carla Williams

First African-American woman Athletic Director at a Power 5 school

Join BCU

Black Coaches United has developed a three tiered membership structure to make the broadest array of opportunities for education, professional development and networking available to our membership. 

Due to the negative economic impact of  COVID-19 on coaches and institutions, we are offering membership for 2021 Membership Year for $125.00 which will run from January 1 to December 31, 2021. 

As a member in 2021 you will receive all of the benefits provided in all three tiers as outlined below.  We will revisit the dues structure again later in the year.

Tier 1: $125/year – Get coaching insights and strengthen your game-time strategy skills.

Benefits include:

  • 1 webinar (quarterly)
  • Access to free educational videos
  • Final Four reception
    ($205 value)

Tier 2: $250/year – Connect with industry leaders in college basketball, plus access tools to help you coach more effectively

Benefits include everything in Tier 1 Plus:

  • 4 webinars (quarterly)
  • VIP Access to 3 “Coaches Chalk Talk” virtual sessions
  • Access to the BCU founders video library (with exclusive coaches game breakdowns)
  • BCU Notebook
  • Group Zoom calls with coaches from the BCU
    ($435 value)

Tier 3: $500/year – Tools to strategically level up your career

Benefits include everything in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Plus:

  • Virtual meet & greet with search firm representatives
  • Access to a unique group of professionals (including Athletic Directors, administrators and more)
  • Ticket(s) to Founder’s Reception
  • Unlimited access to the BCU video library
  • BCU Polo Shirt
    ($660 value)

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