NFHCA’s Black Coaches Council Transforms into Coaches of Color Council: A Greater Step towards Inclusivity

Apr 19, 2024 | 2023-2024, DEI Spotlight Recognition, News

MANAHAWKIN, NJ — In strides towards fostering inclusivity and diversity within the field hockey coaching community, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced the transformation of its Black Coaches Council into the Coaches of Color Council.

The inception of the Black Coaches Council in August 2020 marked a pivotal moment for the NFHCA, signifying its commitment to providing support and representation for coaches of color within its ranks. Recognizing the need for a more encompassing and inclusive approach, the decision was made to rebrand the council to better reflect its mission and embrace all coaches of color.

Cate Clark, the Executive Director of NFHCA, expressed enthusiasm about this evolution, stating, “We are excited to announce the evolution of the NFHCA Black Coaches Council into the Coaches of Color Council. This change reflects our commitment to inclusivity and our desire to expand our support to all coaches of color within our association.”

The core purpose of the council remains unchanged—to serve and support coaches of color within the association. By transitioning from a council specifically for black coaches to one that encompasses coaches of all ethnicities, NFHCA aims to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The decision to rename the council was not taken lightly. It underwent a meticulous process of deliberation and consultation within the NFHCA community. The proposal to change the committee’s name was initially presented at the association’s January meeting of the Board of Directors. Subsequently, a 30-day period was designated for open membership feedback, allowing stakeholders to express their views on the proposed change.

Following the feedback period, the Bylaws Committee reviewed the comments and suggestions received, ensuring that all perspectives were considered. After thorough evaluation, the proposal was presented for final approval at the April Board of Directors meeting, where it garnered unanimous support.

“This transition from the Black Coaches Council to the Coaches of Color Council exemplifies NFHCA’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment within the field hockey coaching community,” said Mimi Smith, Coaches of Color Council representative to the Board of Directors. “By embracing diversity and acknowledging the unique experiences of coaches from various backgrounds, NFHCA strives to create a more vibrant and supportive ecosystem for all its members.”

As the Coaches of Color Council embarks on this new chapter, it carries with it the aspirations and dreams of coaches from diverse backgrounds, united in their passion for field hockey and their commitment to empowering future generations of athletes. Through collective effort and solidarity, NFHCA and its Coaches of Color Council aim to pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future in the world of field hockey coaching.

Join the Coaches of Color Council

If you are a coach of color and interested in joining this group to share your voice, network, discuss ideas, and be part of a supportive and safe space, submit your interest form through the NFHCA member portal under ‘Forms’ and ‘Committee Service Application.’ Thank you.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.