Basketball, Coach Curry, Wnba discussed on Around the Rim
I wanted to go back to the the black history month thing and just how important it is to have African American women involved on the coaching side. What in your opinion needs to be done to to? So that we can have more voices like Vivian stringer, or, you know, more black women coaching women. I mean at the end of the day. And I think at the right now, the WNBA is at least seventy five percent African American women or women of color and college basketball, very high numbers, even I don't have those. But we don't see the women coaching. What has to happen for for this to change? I mean, it's the same thing that has to happen for women to coach in male dominated professional sports. And I'm not just talking about basketball, but females coaching in general getting opportunities what male dominates force? There has to be a pipeline. And what I've learned so far being coaching and coaching the men, and what I've learned and just different stories from not just coach Curry's. But a lot of stories is people hire people that they have relationships with. And I believe, and this is just me I feel like African American women aren't in those spaces and don't have those relationships with athletic directors athletic director's going to reach out to people they know, and I'm not I don't necessarily like a lot. Some people may feel like is racism at some point or some people may just feel whatever the reasons are. But across the board even working in the nonprofit, I was able to get my job because of someone I knew and I had a relationship with so bottom line. You know, you have African American women have to attend these coaches conferences develop more relationships and try to I mean, it's on us. And I know every American women will say they we have to just always take extra steps and work extra hard and speaking of black history month, if I mean, even President Obama said, yeah, we've made strides, but we still have a long long way to go. And I think the perception once you have social media and Twitter that oh everybody's doing. Okay. You don't have. To work as hard anymore. No. There really hasn't changed. You still have to do a little bit extra a little bit more. But I think it's just relationships, and I think as eighties, and hey coaches being comfortable about developing just those relationships across the board and the same with like, a, you know, NBA like how you saw NBA all star having those forms and having those open panels where people can't women can actually network when GM and head coaches and have forma conversation because that in his day in coaching to get a head coaching job and get assistant coach coaching. We wanna hire people that you trust and hire people that you have a relationship with and understand what you're all about. And so I think that's the that's the big deal. When a lot of like, you said, the majority aren't African Americans coaching, women's basketball or men's basketball, general, it's because a lot of coaches AD's hiring people that they know they have relationships with and. You can go down the line. I mean, people used to make fun of me growing up all the time. And thank God for my parents. But as diverse in, you know, as they can make me be they made me, you know, spend time with the other races and not like segregate myself, and so at the same time I learned how to develop relationships, especially at NC state coming into a majority white university. You know, I had to learn how to you know, develop relationships with them. And so I think that's that's where that's where it starts. Absolutely. My last piece for you just because I I know that there will be young women listening to this podcast that want to be in your space. If they want to coach men if they had that same pithy that you've had just any one piece of advice. And I know that there was something that your dad told you I wanna go back to the National Basketball wives association in their women's empowerment summit where you were honored as. Who is evolving in business you along with Deborah leave leash Butterfield Jones, Courtney, I'm not gonna mess up your last name..