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Wed, 06.13.1990

The First Black Woman Coaches a Division 1 Mens Basketball Team

Bernadette Locke

On this date in 1990, the first Black woman was named assistant coach in Division I NCAA basketball. Bernadette Locke was hired at the University of Kentucky.

Locke was born in Lockwood, TN. She was a former All-American at the University of Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Education and remained there as an assistant coach for four years.

Locke then moved to the head coaching position of the University of Kentucky's women’s basketball program from 1995 to 2003.

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