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INDIANAPOLIS, IN ? The Board of Directors of Advocates for Athletic Equity recently voted to end business operation for the non-profit organization due to limited financial support.
Formerly known as Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), AAE was tasked with promoting ethnic minority coaches for positions of leadership through professional development, cultivation, networking and mentoring opportunities.  The organization did a restructure in February 2015 to focus on opportunities for all coaches of color versus one specific ethnicity.
Current AAE statistics show ethnic minorities hold less than 15 percent of head coaching positions in major college sports.  They only represent 14 percent of the head coaching positions in men's college basketball, 12 percent in women's college basketball and 8.5 percent in football excluding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 
Percy Bates, AAE Board of Directors, chair:
"Though the mission of developing minority coaches is still extremely important, we [as a board] took a look at AAE from an overall fiscal standpoint, taking into consideration where the numbers needed to be in order to sustain full operations of the organization, and we determined that critical numbers were not where they had to be for effective operation of the professional association.  We didn't see those numbers changing significantly in the immediate future to sustain staff and necessary operations, and decided it was in the best interest to close business operations for AAE.  The board along with Tyrone Lockhart and his staff put a great deal of effort into networking with affiliated organizations and people; however, we weren't seeing numbers moving in the direction for long-term sustainability.
Though the business operations will cease, we've had discussions with the NCAA about assuming responsibility for AAE's signature Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) program so there isn't a lapse in the professional development of collegiate minority coaches.  We, also, want to thank the NCAA for its ongoing support and efforts to develop ethnic minority coaches who have the desire to one day become head coaches."

Tyrone Lockhart, AAE, chief executive officer:
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead AAE in advocating for and promoting ethnic minority coaches for positions of leadership. The opportunity to collaborate with collegiate athletic decision-makers and people of influence to discuss issues and develop programs and events that promote ethnic minority coaches for advancement opportunities has been positive and, more importantly, created awareness of the ongoing issues ethnic minority coaches face.
It's unfortunate that we were unable to generate the financial resources to sustain the organization and continue programs for the benefit of ethnic minority coaches; however, my hope is that campus athletic administrators will be inclusive, and will help shift current numbers by opening interview candidate pools to a broader base of people and, ultimately, hiring qualified minority coaches as head coaches to lead their programs.
Though AAE will cease its operations, it made progress over the last 18 months as more coaches of color have received professional development and are on a journey to one day becoming head coaches.  I'm pleased the efforts to increase opportunities for qualified ethnic minority coaches at all levels will continue through programming, other advocacy groups and support from the NCAA."
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