Date of Thesis

7-17-2015

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Science in Education

First Advisor

Lakeisha Meyer

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to analyze the involvement of Black leadership in athletic administration amongst NCAA Division I member institutions. This research is in alignment with the NCAA's goal of establishing an equal playing field for individuals from all genders, races, and ethnicities. Prior research on this topic has been narrow in scope and has failed to make a significant impact on the climate of college athletics. Despite the implementation of various grant programs and policies, the low level of representation of Black coaches and administrators in collegiate athletics is alarming. Statistics show that a quarter of scholarship athletes in the NCAA are minorities yet this does not correspond with the percentage of diverse employees in college athletics. In comparison, Black men comprised just 6.6% of head coaches in NCAA Division I during the year 2010. Additionally, only 7.4% of athletic directors at the Division I level were Black (Lapchick, Hoff, and Kaiser). Where is the "leak in the pipeline" from being a college student athlete to holding an administrative position in a college athletic department?" The purpose of this investigation is to explore the racial inequalities of collegiate athletic administration by analyzing the career paths of individuals that have successfully navigated the maze. The research data is analyzed through a set of models and frameworks in attempt to expose correlations and common themes. Ultimately, the results of this study will offer universities and the NCAA an improved model for increasing diversity in collegiate athletic administration.

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