Tuesday, February 1, 2022

It's Not Just Hiring, It's Opportunity


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. It's Not Just Hiring, It's Opportunity

by Ryan Scott, D3hoops.com (photo of Kam Gissendanner, courtesy of La Roche)

"Like nothing else in the past 50 years, the very public murder of George Floyd opened the eyes of white people to the racial disparities that exist in the United States. Conversation has been hot and heavy across the societal spectrum – from economics to policing to how the political structure itself is constructed – and we have collectively been challenged to do something, even if we’re unsure of precisely what to do.

The jury is still out on how well we translate that awareness and rhetoric into action.

The intersection of race and basketball must be kept in perspective when other issues very literally have life and death consequences, but just because something is less important does not make it unimportant – and basketball is most definitely our business at D3hoops.com.

As a 40 year old white man, I know venturing into the subject of race and coaching puts me in a number of places I have not been, but I also know that a failure to have these discussions contributes to the problem – and the numbers don’t lie; there is a problem."

>> Court Awareness: "According to the NCAA Demographics Database, over the last decade, the number of Division III basketball head coaches who are Black has remained quite static at around 10%. The number fluctuates from year to year, but not in any discernible pattern. As a comparison, 17% of current female Division III basketball players are Black; the number is 32% for men. These are both consistent. The number of black assistant coaches has been steadily increasing, from 16% to 19% for women’s basketball and from 19% to 27% for men, over ten years. But the move from the second seat on the bench to the first has been a difficult transition for this growing population."

>> Reality Check: "For Black female coaches, there’s a double struggle – against the encroaching presence of men in their profession (and a lack of equal opportunity to coach men), along with the racial disparities. I had to admit, in researching this story, that I did not have a preexisting relationship with any of the 28 Black women currently leading Division III basketball programs."

>> Why it Matters: "Basketball coaches are competitive people. They don’t want to be handed anything they didn’t earn. Time and again, the coaches I spoke with said, “I just want to put my head down and get to work.” Regardless of race, Black coaches just want the chance to prove themselves – and it’s been that chance, the opportunity, that’s been especially difficult for those coaches to achieve."

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BlueFrame Games to Watch
MHKY: Fitchburg State (11-4) vs. Plymouth State (11-4-2), 4 p.m. ET
WBB: Pacific Lutheran (5-10) vs. Pacific (12-5), 8 p.m. PT 

2.  NESCAC Opens Winter Championships

"Due to COVID-19 protocols creating challenges for NESCAC teams to reschedule games this winter and the potential for a disparity in the number of regular-season conference games played, the NESCAC membership has agreed to modify the basketball and ice hockey championships for the 2021-22 season. All NESCAC teams will be included in this year’s basketball and ice hockey championship fields. Furthermore, any conference game not able to be played will be declared a no contest.

The basketball regular season is scheduled to conclude on February 13 and seeds will be determined by conference winning percentage. First-round and quarterfinal games for the NESCAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships will be held the weekend of February 18-20. The semifinals and championship games will be held on February 26 and 27, respectively.

The ice hockey regular season will finish on February 20 and seeds will be determined by points percentage. The NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will begin with first-round and quarterfinal games on the weekend of February 25-27. The semifinals and the final will be held on March 5 and 6, respectively."

>> Read More


3.  Sea Gulls The Team to Beat

Women's Lacrosse - Salisbury University

Salisbury is the preseason favorite as the IWLCA released its preseason women's lacrosse poll on Monday.
  1. Salisbury (19)
  2. Tufts (3)
  3. St. John Fisher
  4. Ithaca
  5. Washington and Lee
  6. William Smith
  7. Franklin & Marshall
  8. Messiah
  9. Gettysburg
  10. TCNJ

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (8), SUNYAC (3), C2C (2), Centennial (2), Liberty (2), MAC (2), CCIW (1), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), NCAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1)

>> Players to WatchJenna Cholowinski (York), Anna Clarke (Tufts), Sydney DeGirolamo (St. John Fisher), Rachel Delate (Messiah), Jane Earley (Middlebury), Emily Kitchin (Franklin & Marshall), Molly Laliberty (Tufts), Marissa McGarrey (Franklin & Marshall)

Key February Games
  • Feb. 19 - No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 14 Catholic
  • Feb. 19 - No. 5 Washington and Lee vs. No. 7 Franklin & Marshall
  • Feb. 23 - No. 8 Messiah vs. No. 9 Gettysburg
  • Feb. 26 - No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 5 Washington and Lee
  • Feb. 26 - No. 4 Ithaca vs. No. 16 Brockport
  • Feb. 26 - No. 9 Gettysburg vs. No. 12 Denison

>> Complete Poll

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4.    Watchlist

  MHKY: Fitchburg State at Plymouth State, 4 p.m. ET

  • The top spot in the MASCAC is on the line when the Falcons (11-4, 9-2) take on the Panthers (11-4-2, 8-1-2). Rece Bergeman has handed out 13 assists for Fitchburg. Myles Abbate and JR Barone have combined for 22 goals for Plymouth State. Watch

  MBB: Penn State Harrisburg at St. Mary's (Md.), 6 p.m. ET

  • The Lions (16-1, 9-0) and the Seahawks (9-5, 8-0) fight it out for first place in the United East Conference. Donyae Baylor-Carrol averages 17.7 ppg for Harrisburg. St. Mary's leads the UEC in scoring defense (63.1). Watch

  WHKY: #8 Norwich at #1 Middlebury, 7 p.m. ET

  • The top-ranked Panthers (15-0) put their unbeaten record on the line against the No. 8 Cadets (15-4). Sophia Merageas has a .958 save pct. and a 0.90 goals-against mark for Middlebury. Mikah Baptiste leads Norwich with 13-14-27. Watch

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Peyton on SNL

Peyton Manning is a natural when it comes to TV. He appeared on Saturday Night Live last weekend and did a standout Weekend Update bit.

It's really good, but I think his fake commercial for the United Way is even better. 

You decide.

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