2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture

Robert Turick

Ball State University
College Football Coaches’ Perceptions of Racial Tasking in their Profession
College Football Coaches’ Perceptions of Racial Tasking in their Profession
The purpose of this study was to determine if racial tasking exists in the college football coaching profession. Bopp, Vadeboncoeur, and Turick (2019) noted that the significance of racial tasking to sport management lies in its utility to expose new manifestations of discrimination that are disguised as forms of progress through short-term gains, yet potentially hinder the long-term skill development and career advancement of racially marginalized individuals and groups._x000D_
Seventeen Black coaches with Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaching experience agreed to participate in semi-structured interviews. Despite the attention paid to the underrepresentation of Black college football coaches, there is a lack of qualitative research on this topic. Participants expressed strong support for the existence of racial tasking in the coaching profession. The two main themes centered on cultural taxation, in that Black coaches are often expected to monitor players – especially those that are Black – and the responsibilities that Black coaches are asked to complete in their jobs. Additionally, an applied sociological approach (Chalip, 2015; Yiannakis, 1989), in which research results are disseminated amongst the people that stand to benefit most, was utilized in this study to discuss racial tasking and race discrimination in coaching in greater detail.