Terri Williams-Flournoy

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Talented Black female coaches await their chance


A new U of M Tucker Center report has found that about 75 percent of all collegiate women’s team coaching openings in the last two years has been filled by men. A male coach replaces a male coach in 34 of 66 women’s team vacancies, but in only 10 vacancies does a female replace a female. The report, titled “Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams,” shows a “historical decline in the percentage of women head coaches in the 40+ years following the passage of Title IX” in 1974, and graded 76 institutions. Only one, Cincinnati, got an A because 80 percent of the school’s women teams are coached by women. Eight schools got B’s, and 27 schools, including Minnesota, got C’s. Continue Reading →

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Gopher basketball faces real competition in upcoming Big Ten contests

The non-conference portion of a typical college basketball season, especially in Gopherville, is pretty much fool’s gold. This is where the home team’s fans are fooled into thinking such a gaudy win-loss record will translate into a successful conference campaign. Both non-league-winning Gopher squads begin conference play this week — the men on Thursday, the women on Saturday. If the guards don’t handle pressure better than they did in a loss to UCLA last month, or if other players don’t become more consistent offensively, it will be a long Big Ten season for the Minnesota women (now 11-3). “Other people need to step up — we need to find a third scorer on this team,” bemoaned Coach Pam Borton. Continue Reading →

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Hall of Fame finally honors Coach Faith Patterson



Faith Johnson Patterson takes her rightful place in the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame when she is inducted in this Saturday. She is the first Black female to receive this honor. Patterson won five state championships at North (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005). Then last month she won her second consecutive title at DeLaSalle, giving her a total of seven titles. Her 13 times at state ranks second all-time among coaches. Continue Reading →

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