*The Black Coaches and Administrators are gearing up for their annual national BCA convention.
The conference will be held June 2-5 in St. Petersburg/Clearwater Florida at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.
This marks the 22nd year of the preeminent voice for blacks in sports, ranging from NCAA collegiate athletics to the professional ranks. The BCA has championed the cause for diversity at the highest levels of sports.
“The goal is to stay relevant,” Floyd Keith said in an interview with EURweb.
Keith is the Executive Director of BCA, and has moved on behalf of innumerable coaches and administrators. The BCA has a long history of working to ensure diversity. It has successfully helped to evolve the face of college and professional sports to include coaches and administrators of color. The board of directors includes other powerhouses in the field including Dr. Charlotte Westerhaus, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
National Collegiate Athletic Association.
BCA is a thriving and ongoing legacy that has over the years attracted black coaches and administrators from all ranks. At last year’s convention attendees included the legendary collegiate basketball coach Tubby Smith, former NBA star Charley Ward, NFL defensive backs coach Alan Williams, and many others.
A well attended event, the BCA convention recognizes the accomplishments of coaches and administrators who are currently impacting their field. Last year’s high honor of Administrator of the Year Award went to Derrick Gragg, Athletic Director of Eastern Michigan University.
Gragg, who is now in his fourth year as athletic director for EMU, has a prestigious background and track record of leadership, overseeing 21 teams, 16 head coaches and more than 500 students. His approach for change has been primarily a “philosophical one,” which allowed them to “capture the Reese?s Trophy” during his first two years there. The school has produced NFL players and an Olympian.
Gragg, who is scheduled to be inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County athletic hall of fame April 12, 2010, was “humbled” to receive the 2009 BCA Administrator of the Year.
“It’s very significant because it stands for people who are trailblazers so I’m very humbled by this recognition. I think it stands for excellence, courage, and those are some of the things I like to think I represent. So, it’s very humbling, very exciting,” he said in an interview with EURWeb.
Other award winners were coaches: Michael London, Beverly Kearney, and Kathy Richey-Walton.
The BCA National Convention is a furtive ground promoting growth, networking, and expanded opportunities for those in the field. This year’s convention will include seminars, the annual BCA Coach of the Year banquet, activities including golfing, and a free closing youth camp.
For more information on the BCA National Convention visit: www.bcasports.cstv.com.