Advancing Blacks in Sports

Last Updated on February 3, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Deborah Stroman, who is a professor at UNC and the founder and CEO of the Center of Sport Business and Analytics to talk about advancing Blacks in sports. Dr. Stroman was also the  first Black scholarship female student athlete at the University of Virginia, where she captained the basketball team in her senior year. She also became the first Black female coach at UNC when she served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

In addition to her academic and Center responsibilities, Dr. Stroman is a radio personality for two radio stations and consults for the National Institutes of Health, sports teams, and sports-related organizations including the NCAA, College Football Playoff, and the Atlantic Coast Conference

We chat about her experiences as a Black student athlete and coach and how she draws on that experience with her new work with the Advancement of Blacks in Sports. We talk about the organization’s mission and where the shortcomings are when it comes to Blacks in sports in leadership positions, both in college sports and professional sports.

This conversation was more like eavesdropping on our personal conversation than a typical episode, so we both get a little vulnerable and transparent about our work and what we can do to advance Blacks working in sports.

In this episode, I recommend the book The Go-Giver.

You can follow Dr. Stroman on Twitter: @drstroman.

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