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Tina Sloan Green
*Tina Sloan Green was born on this date in 1944. She is a Black teacher, coach, and administrator.
Tina Sloan Green was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents Norwood and Sally Sloan, who were deeply religious. She has six siblings, Norwood, Gene, Cordelia, Leonette, Beatrice, and Teresa. Her parents encouraged their children to complete a high school diploma even though neither had earned one. Green attended a small school in Eastwick, Pennsylvania, from first through eighth grade.
The graduating class was only 13 students. Green was designated gifted and talented before ninth grade and selected to be one of twenty young Black women at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. While there as a student, Green was on multiple sports teams discovering her to play basketball, volleyball, and field hockey. Sloan Green made varsity in each sport. She completed a Bachelor of Physical Education at West Chester University in 1966 and a Master of Education at Temple University in 1970. After completing her post-secondary education, she worked at Unionville High School and became the first African American to teach there.
While there, she organized and coached the school's first lacrosse team and was an assistant basketball coach and a physical education teacher. She also worked at William Penn High School as a teacher and assistant coach in basketball. Sloan Green was also a swim coach. From 1969 to 1973, Sloan Green continued her field hockey experience as the first black American on the United States women's national field hockey team. During her time on the national field hockey team, She became the head coach of the Lincoln (Pennsylvania) University basketball team in 1973.
She also became a cheerleader squad coach and a physical education teacher and started a lacrosse team. Green went on to coach the Temple University women's lacrosse team from 1975 to 1992, the first Black to become head coach of a women's college lacrosse team. In 1982, 1984, and 1984 the Temple women's lacrosse team won the national championship. After winning the 1984 national championships, Sloan Green did not receive the Coach of the Year award, which decision was probably affected by her race. It took ten years for her to be declared coach of the year.
She led the Owls to 11 NCAA Final Four appearances. She was also a field hockey coach, badminton coach, and teacher at Temple University. After retirement, she had a career record of 207 wins, 62 losses, and four ties with Temple University. Sloan Green is married to Frank Green and has two children named Traci and Frankie; they met at Temple University. She retired from coaching after 32 years at Temple. She was a professor of Sports and Culture at Temple University’s College of Education. She served as a co-principal investor of “Sisters in Sports Science,” which was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Green also oversaw Temple University’s National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) for over a decade. She went on to co-found the Black Women in Sport Foundation in 1992. Sloan Green has authored two books and was inducted into the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997, the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and the IWLCA Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also named a Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame member in 2013. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual Shining Star Awards. Sloan Green was inducted into Temple and West Chester University's Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.