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Ellis-Ward Named WBCA’s Social Justice Task Force Co-Chair

ATLANTA — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today that it has joined the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Committee on Racial Reconciliation in supporting the West Coast Conference’s “Russell Rule.” The WBCA’s newly formed Social Justice Task Force recommended the association support the initiative as a means of promoting diversity in the candidate pools when colleges fill coaching vacancies.

“The WBCA commends the West Coast Conference presidents and Commissioner Gloria Nevarez on their adoption of the ‘Russell Rule,’ “ said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “It is a groundbreaking initiative that member coaches of both the WBCA and NABC believe is a significant step in efforts to promote diversity in the hiring practices within intercollegiate athletics.