Women's Hoops Blog

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mechelle also says, "Staley leads new wave of coaches"

Staley is both "old-school" and "new wave." She was part of a generation of players that was still closely linked to and respectful of the strides that had been made by those athletes who came before them and established women's college basketball as we know it.

But the new-wave part is that she's one of a growing number of African-American women who are now college hoops head coaches. For many years, there were only two prominent women of color who led major programs in the sport: C. Vivian Stringer, who is still at Rutgers, and Marian Washington, who retired in 2004 after three decades at Kansas.

Speaking of Marian Washington, in honor of Black History month, the WBCA's reminding us of the important role many women have played in the survival and growth of women's basketball.

Got a little deja vu with their link to the article on the amazing Lucy Harris-Stewart.