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.
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.
BCU SHARES A LONG HISTORY OF THOSE WILLING TO STEP UP.
Head Coach Arizona State University
Head Coach Harvard University
Head Coach UC-Bakersfield
Assistant Coach Adelphi University
Associate Athletic Director South Kent School
Former Head Coach George Washington University
Head Coach Lafayette College
Head Coach University Central Florida
Head Coach USC Upstate
Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach Penn State
Head Coach/ Athletic Director Laurence Dunbar High School
Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach University of Memphis
Head Coach Florida State University
Scout LA Clippers & Head Coach Ontario Clippers
General Counsel The BCU
Former Head Coach University of Missouri
Head Coach Marquette University
VP Kay Yow Cancer Funds
NCAA National Champion & Former Head Coach High Point University
Head Coach Tuskegee University
Head Coach UNC Greensboro
John Thompson III
VP Washington Wizards
Head Coach/ Athletic Director Miles College
HMW Sports, LLC
Associate Head Coach Tulane University
Former Head Coach Arizona State University
Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach Las Vegas Aces
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.
Winningest DIV I women’s coach of all HBCUs
Director of Athletics Lafayette College
First and only woman ever officially drafted by the NBA
Head Coach Winston-Salem State University
First Female Assistant Coach in Men’s College Basketball
American Head Coach in Professional Sports
First African-American woman to win national championship
First African-American Head Coach in the Pac-8 Conference
Only coach to win Div 1, NIT, & JUCO championships
Current Head Coach at High Point University
Candice Storey Lee
First African American woman to head an SEC athletics program
First African-American coach to win a major collegiate championship in basketball
Marian E. Washington
Former Head Coach University of Kansas
First African-American woman Athletic Director at a Power 5 school
National Championship Coach, Olympic Gold Medalist