Our Mission


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.


The members of Black Coaches United represent considerable reach and following, and will use their platforms – individually and collectively – to advocate for change and speak out against racism and inequity in the sport of basketball and beyond. 

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 organization enables coaches to better connect with, educate, and empower young athletes of color by fostering the next generation of social justice advocates – within basketball and in life.  

We are committed to building professional relationships by connecting basketball coaches to a supportive community while providing opportunities to elevate their careers by collaborating with athletic administrators, search firms, and hiring managers.

Our Approach


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. 


The BCU will manage 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. 


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 coaches and 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, employment opportunities, and other social justice issues in America. 



Natasha Adair

Head Coach Arizona State University

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

Former Head Coach George Washington University

Kia Damon-Olson

Head Coach Lafayette College

Johnny Dawkins

Head Coach University Central Florida

Dave Dickerson

Head Coach USC Upstate

Terri Williams-Flournoy

Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach Penn State

Murray Garvin

Head Coach/ Athletic Director Laurence Dunbar High School

Frank Haith

Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach University of Memphis

Leonard Hamilton

Head Coach Florida State University

Paul Hewitt

Scout LA Clippers & Head Coach Ontario Clippers

Ricky Lefft

General Counsel The BCU

Cuonzo Martin

Former Head Coach University of Missouri

Shaka Smart

Head Coach Marquette University

Audra Smith

VP Kay Yow Cancer Funds

Tubby Smith

NCAA National Champion & Former 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/ Athletic Director Miles College

Helen Williams

HMW Sports, LLC

Ray McCallum

Associate Head Coach Tulane University

Rob Evans

Former Head Coach Arizona State University

Charlene Thomas-Swinson

Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach Las Vegas Aces

Rodney Terry

Head Coach University of Texas

Why Join the bcu?

A Word From Executive Director Paul Hewitt.

We’re committed to your personal and professional development, and we recognize the challenges that coaches face today. Join us to build a vibrant community for the future of our sport. 

“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


We recognize Those Who Inspire Us So That We Will Continue to Thrive.

Patricia Cage-Biggs

Winningest DIV I women’s coach of all HBCUs

Sherryta Freeman

Director of Athletics Lafayette College

Luisa Harris

First and only woman ever officially drafted by the NBA

Clarence Gaines

Head Coach Winston-Salem State University

Bernadette Lock-Mattox

First Female Assistant Coach in Men’s College Basketball

John McLendon

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

Dawn Staley

National Championship Coach, Olympic Gold Medalist

At the BCU, we’re educating and empowering black coaches so they’re equipped for top leadership positions. We’ve come a long way with ethnic and racial minority representation in the leadership of our sport, but there’s still so much work to be done. I’m proud to be a part of an organization like the BCU that is working with universities and private entities to identify, hire, and promote more black coaches.

BCU Founder: Shaka Smart
Shaka Smart
Head Coach, Marquette University