Texas Southern University was one of only 18 NCAA Division I institutions to earn an “A” grade in regards to hiring female head coaches based on the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card conducted by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and WeCOACH.
The Tucker Center, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is an interdisciplinary research center leading a pioneering effort to examine how sport and physical activity affect the lives of girls and women, their families, and communities. Tucker Center and WeCOACH, the premiere organization dedicated to increasing and retaining the number of women in the coaching profession, has partnered for eight years and assigns a grade to each institution, sport, and conference based on the percentage of women head coaches of women’s teams.
TSU is in rare company as only 18 of 351 NCAA Division I institutions and the lone one from the Southwestern Athletic Conference to earn an “A” grade as the university sponsors nine female sports with seven of them led by female head coaches. The university also topped the SWAC with the most female head coaches hired and is one of two schools from the state of Texas on the list. In addition, TSU was one of only two SWAC institutions to rank in the top 126 in the total percentage of female coaches on the staff.
“I’m honored that Texas Southern continues to lead the way in this area,” said TSU Vice President of Athletics Kevin Granger. “This report should continue to raise awareness nationally and hopefully serve as a catalyst for the next generation of leaders as the landscape of college athletics is constantly evolving and becoming more data-driven. For those who have aspirations of entering the athletic profession, this report provides a real-time look of what to expect from the industry in terms of opportunities.”