Sports in Society

Coalition for minority football coaches grows in second year

One year since its inception, the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches has "provided resources to minority coaches from all levels of football," with the "hope of making them better job candidates," according to Ryan McFadden of the BALTIMORE SUN. Univ. of Maryland football coach Mike Locksley "grew tired of talking about the issue" of a lack of minority coaches in college and the NFL, which only has five head coaches of color, and started "paving the way for the next generation of minority coaches" by launching the NCMFC last August. Howard Univ. football coach Larry Scott, a member of the coalition’s exec committee, said that it is "important for minority coaches to have more access to networking opportunities so they can be better prepared and be in a better position to be hired." McFadden notes through social media, online newsletters and its website, the coalition "promotes its member coaches’ accomplishments and milestones." The coalition’s website also allows its members to "distribute information and make referrals." The NCMFC has held panel discussions that featured speakers like Alabama football coach Nick Saban, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, NFL Exec VP/Football Operations Troy Vincent and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit. Locksley said that the coalition’s goal for its second year is to "prepare minority coaches for jobs nationwide," and it wants to "set metrics and track the progress of the hiring process to analyze the job landscape" (BALTIMORE SUN, 8/18).

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