by Dana Givens
April 13, 2020
Gender disparity in sports has always been an issue in major sports from salary and lucrative sponsorships to more publicity. However, that unbalanced view of men’s and women’s sports teams has begun to change as more women’s teams become more prominent in the media. With a shift in what a professional athlete looks like, this change is also affecting the coaching world as well.
Former WNBA star Tamara Moore is breaking new ground by moving away from being a prominent player in the league to coaching the future players of tomorrow. Moore was recently hired as the men’s basketball coach at Mesabi Range College in Minnesota. She is currently a girls’ high school coach in Minneapolis. The move would make Moore the only known men’s college basketball head coach in the U.S.
“Now, it’s time for me to show you guys and show people that women are just as knowledgeable as men to coach the game,” Moore told ESPN. Moore played in the WBNA from 2002 to 2007 after playing for Wisconsin from 1998 to 2002. She also took to Instagram to celebrate the achievement with her followers.
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I am so proud to announce that I have been OFFERED & ACCEPTED to be the NEW HEAD COACH for the Mesabi Range College 💛💚“MEN’S BASKETBALL” 🏀 program for the 2020-2021 Season. I have been offered the chance to make history by being the 1st women to ever be hired to run a college men’s basketball program 💛 💚 & I’m beyond blessed to start this new decade with this amazing honor. I would like to thank Mesabi Range College for this great opportunity & I know we will be successful. I have also be hired to also be the New Head Women’s Softball Coach for the Spring Season as well. *** I am start off my hiring by announcing and signing 5 players to National Letter of Intent today to join our current squad. ** So with that being said. Please send me any players looking for a place to play for next season for Men’s Basketball & Softball.