Birmingham, AL. Rising Coaches DEI Alliance is proud to announce the inaugural Equality and Inclusion Night February, 2022 which is also Black History Month. The DEI Alliance, made up of 12 minority and social justice coaching organizations, is coordinating with college basketball programs across the country to ask coaches and staff to wear all black on the sidelines as well as the “equal sign” lapel pin created to symbolize equality.
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Birmingham, AL. The Rising Coaches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance is pleased to announce the finalist for the “Next Up” Head Coaches Training Initiative. The organizations that make up the Rising Coaches DEI Alliance each nominated coaches for the opportunity to participate in a workshop with sports search consultant Katy Young Staudt. Katy Young Staudt was recently named a Top 40 under 40 in college basketball by The Athletic. “There are a number of rising stars in our business and I am honored to be able to provide advice and expertise to help advance their careers” said Staudt. “If we are truly going to impact the game in a positive way, we must take the right action steps to get there and helping prepare coaches to win the interview is one of the most important steps in the coaching search process." Staudt has led basketball searches for Texas Tech, Washington State, Cal Berkeley, Fairfield, UC Riverside, UT Tyler and Cleveland State just to name a few.
At the inaugural meeting for the Rising Coaches DEI Alliance, Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen shared a few words about diversity. Cohen shared the story of how college athletics was the key factor in getting the state flag of Mississippi changed. Below is a short clip.