Disappointed and frustrated by the slow pace of minority hiring in college and professional football, second-year University of Maryland head coach Michael Locksley today will announce the creation of the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches.
The nonprofit organization will seek to not only identify and groom coaches of color (male and female) for upward mobility, but also create a candidates list that will be vetted by a board of directors that includes some of the most respected and powerful names in sport.
"When I took the Maryland job last year and looked at the landscape of college football, I thought to myself, There's something missing. I'm on the back nine of my career and the pathway to becoming a head coach is still as difficult as when I got into the business in 1992," the 50-year-old Locksley said by phone Wednesday evening. "I wanted to create an organization that would be able to help prepare, promote and produce the next group of coaches coming up through the ranks at every level."
Currently, there are only three Black head coaches among the NFL's 32 teams and just 14 Black head coaches among college's 130 Football Bowl Subdivision squads. That lack of racial diversity is often attributed to a dearth of qualified minorities "in the pipeline," but Locksley and others are hoping to silence the narrative by providing prospective employers with candidates who've been reviewed by successful individuals who know what quality coaching looks like.