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Majority Of Male Coaches In The WNBA


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As of last week, every team in the WNBA now has a head coach for the upcoming season. The last coaching position to be filled was that of the head spot for the Dallas Wings. The Wings hired former Los Angeles Sparks coach, Brian Agler. Having led two separate teams to league titles, Brian Agler was an obvious choice for the position. But his hiring means that there are now seven male coaches and five female coaches in the WNBA.

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There has long been talk that there are not enough female coaches and administrators in the NBA, but the low number of women in prominent positions in the WNBA is not often discussed. Even though it is a women’s basketball league, the league still suffers from the discrimination against women that plagues the country at large.

When asked about his decision to hire Brian Agler, when there were competent female coaches available, CEO of the Dallas Wings, Greg Bibb, said that he considered about 10 candidates, some of which were women, and Agler offered the most expertise and gelled best with the organization.

More Decisions For The League  

While the league has filled all of its head coaching positions, they still have one major office to fill. The WNBA still doesn’t have a league president. They also lack a chief operating officer, and a senior vice president of operations. So the busy offseason in the WNBA is still going on.

There is no chance now to add more women head coaches for the upcoming season, but administrative positions could certainly be filled by women and make things more even in the league. As it stands now, there is only one African American woman coaching in the WNBA even though the majority of its players are African American. Perhaps the league can make up for this discrepancy in its upcoming front office decisions.

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