Number increased by about 76 percent over past decade

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA says the number of black coaches in football and men's basketball increased by about 76 percent over the past decade.

The NCAA's biennial study on ethnicity and gender released Wednesday compared rates from the baseline year 1995-96 to 2005-06, the most recent figures available.

Although 1,054 member schools in Divisions I, II and III were surveyed, only 782 of the schools (74.2 percent) responded. In 1995-96, the NCAA surveyed 985 colleges and 953 (96.8 percent) responded.

Despite the different response rates, the NCAA believes the "percentages are considered to be robust enough to be meaningful."

Men's revenue sports, basketball and football, had black head coaches at 22.4 percent of the schools that responded, compared with 12.7 percent in 1995-96. The number of black coaches in women's basketball rose from 12.2 percent to 13.1 percent. The
increase was greater for Division I women's basketball, which rose from 15.5 percent to 17.3 percent black coaches.

For all men's and women's sports, black head coaches increased from 4.2 percent to 5.3 percent.

In other results:

• The percentage of head coaches from other minorities rose from 2.7 percent to 3.8 percent for women's teams and from 2.1 percent to 3.2 percent for men's teams.

• The number of black athletes dropped from 24.9 percent to 23.7
percent of the total number of athletes, although in Division I football and men's and women's basketball, the percentage of blacks rose from 50.9 to 54.5.

• The number of black administrators rose from 8.4 percent to 9.5
percent. The increase was greater in Division I, which rose from 9 percent to 11.6 percent.

Still, the increases for coaches and administrators did not match the numbers for black athletes, said Charlotte Westerhaus, NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion.

"Overall, if you look at the growth of student-athletes of color who are involved in NCAA athletics, the big takeaway from this report is that the growth is not being reflected in the numbers of individuals who are either choosing or receiving the
opportunity to become assistant or head coaches, directors of athletics and senior woman administrators," she said.

"There appears to be a ceiling that's preventing growth and there's a need for some answers and action to remedy this," Westerhaus said.

To increase the number of schools responding, the NCAA this year will include the survey in a sports sponsorship form that each school is required to submit to be eligible to compete in championships.