Oct. 21, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi finished No. 8 in the country in the second annual Glass Ceiling Report Card, a national study that analyzes how well major colleges and conferences are doing in providing coaching opportunities for women.
Southern Miss received a grade of A and was the only university in Mississippi to finish in the Top 11 with a grade of A.
"Southern Miss athletics is honored to receive such a high national ranking in providing coaching opportunities for women," Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard Giannini said. "We have excellent female coaches on our staff and our university does a great job preparing female student-athletes for a coaching career."
The study covered the coaching staffs of 115 colleges among 11 Division 1-A conferences during the 2005-06 academic sports year. The grades ranged from A+ to F-.
The report card consisted of four categories- the percentage of women who are head coaches of women's teams, assistant coaches of women's teams, head coaches of men's teams, and assistant coaches of men's teams. The total of the four categories produced the college's score.
Conference USA placed third overall out of the 11 conferences studied. Five of the top eleven schools receiving a grade of A are in Conference USA. The conference also had the greatest percentage of assistant coaches of women's teams with a score of 62.36%.
The study was conducted by Charles L. Kennedy, Senior Instructor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, York campus. All data was derived from the Chronicle of Higher Education's study on "gender equity" in 2007, according to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994.