View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 5/8

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: May 8, 2013 - 2:15 PM

I got an interesting tweet from a reader late last week. It asked outside of the Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas school districts how many teams in the PrepsKC coverage area have minority head coaches.
The question was fair and the answer got me to thinking. Of the 148 schools in the PrepsKC coverage area in the 2012 season the number of minority head coaches is less than 10. Take out the KCMO and KCK districts and that number falls to less than five.
I’ve had some thoughts since that tweet and I have talked to a few in the coaching community. My first thought was how many minority assistant coaches were in the Metro. That is a number I don’t know but I feel like it isn’t a large one.
Head coaches come from assistant coaches and it is hard to hire a head coach of color when there aren’t too many assistants to choose from.
At the same time it made me wonder just how many male minority teachers there are in the Metro. I don’t know that number either. Male teachers in general are usually outnumbered in any school district so the math starts to add up.
I’m not accusing any school district of racism. I am simply asking a question about a game that has large minority participation but not much representation on the sidelines.
This is something to keep an eye on. Maybe there aren’t large numbers of minority males who go to college and want to teach. If that is the case it is a shame given the impact of positive male role models on young men no matter what the color of their skin.
There may not be a simple answer but the question got me thinking. Hopefully as time goes by it is a conversation that can be continued at every level.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach Dion Clisso send email to