SAN BRUNO (CBS SF / AP) — The West Coast Conference is implementing a new rule aimed at increasing diversity in hiring for key positions.
The conference announced Monday the adoption of the “Russell Rule” named after former University of San Francisco and Boston Celtics star Bill Russell.READ MORE: Despite Short-Term Drop in Vaccine Supply, State Officials Predict Full Reopening by Summer
The rule requires each school in the conference to include a member of a traditionally underrepresented community in the pool of final candidates for every athletic director, senior administrator, head coach and full-time assistant coach position in the athletic department.READ MORE: San Francisco Nightlife Rebounds as Pandemic Restrictions Ease
Russell praised Commissioner Gloria Nevarez for adopting the rule and said he hopes other conferences will follow the lead of the WCC.
“We need to be intentional if we’re going to make real change for people of color in leadership positions in college athletics,” he said.MORE NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Orders California to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Home Worship
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