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Restructured Coaches Association Names Tyrone Lockhart as Chief Executive Officer

Advocates for Athletic Equity, formerly known as the Black Coaches & Administrators, has named Tyrone Lockhart as its chief executive officer. Lockhart begins his duties immediately.

Tyrone Lockhart

AAE was formed last year in conjunction with the restructuring of the BCA. The AAE mission is to promote ethnic minority coaches for positions of leadership through professional development, cultivation, networking and mentoring opportunities. The new structure allows AAE to focus on leadership development opportunities for all coaches of color versus focusing on one specific ethnicity.

AAE’s three core values will be to open doors and facilitate opportunities for people of color in the coaching ranks; address issues that impact sport as it relates to its membership; and recognize the successes of past, present and future coaches in its membership. According to NCAA research, only 16.6 percent of male head coaches and 17.8 percent of female head coaches are people of color.

“I am extremely honored to lead the Advocates for Athletic Equity and I look forward to meeting coaches in our membership, listening to how they believe the AAE can assist them and ultimately providing them with opportunities where they can reach their potential,” said Lockhart. "With the restructuring, AAE is now moving in a new direction where it can be more of an asset and support system for a larger number of coaches of color. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the work that remains ahead in support of our membership.”

AAE will be based in Indianapolis and will utilize work space at the NCAA national office. An AAE board of directors, which includes collegiate coaches and university administrators, will govern the organization. The AAE will work in partnership on various projects with the NCAA Inclusion group, which includes the development of joint programming, such as the Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. ACE prepares ethnic minority coaches for success as future head coaches through training and education.

Lockhart, a native of Boston, Mass., brings more than 20 years of experience to AAE, which includes roles at the NCAA national office, the U.S. Olympic Committee and having spent time as a college basketball coach. He comes to the organization from the NCAA national office where he provided day-to-day management of four NCAA championship sports and was the staff liaison to various NCAA committees.

Lockhart began his career at Texas A&M University at Kingsville in 1991, spending two seasons there as an assistant men’s basketball coach. He spent five seasons at George Washington University, beginning in 2006 as its director of basketball operations.

Between coaching stints, Lockhart spent 12 years with the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was a senior manager of value-in-kind programs and a manager of sport partnerships. During his tenure, he helped National Governing Bodies raise $3 million in additional sponsorship revenue to fund core programs and implement grassroots initiatives. He was USA Boxing’s executive director in 2005, before accepting a more strategic role of deputy director/chief of staff with the North American Indigenous Games in Denver, Colo.

Lockhart was a student-athlete on the 1983-84 NCAA championship Georgetown University men’s basketball team and was a member of the 1984-85 Georgetown squad that made the championship finals. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown and his MBA at Texas A&M at Kingsville.