Office Of Social Equity
West Chester University
13/15 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Tina Sloan Green ’66
College Major: B.S. in health and physical education, M.S. in education from Temple University
Current job: Co-founder and president of the non-profit community based organization, Black Women in Sport Foundation
Tina Sloan Green is the first African American head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse. Shortly after her graduation from WCU she competed on the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey squad in 1966 and then on the U.S.A Women’s Lacrosse team between the years 1969-1973. As head coach of the Temple University women’s lacrosse team from 1973-1992 she is the only coach in the Owl’s history to win three national championships. While at Temple University she also coached their field hockey program for five years advancing the team to national importance. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame at West Chester University and Temple as well as the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Women’s Sport Foundation Hall of Fame. Sloan Green has co-authored two books, Modern Women’s Lacrosse and Black Women in Sport. She has also contributed chapters to Basketball Jones and Racism in College Athletics. In 2008 Sloan Green was one of five women honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
How did you become interested in sports?
I grew up in Eastwick, Philadelphia and enjoyed playing street games and running games with the boys and girls in my neighborhood. My first exposure to organized sports was in my physical education classes at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. My PE teacher, Jane Weitzenhoffer, recognized my athletic ability and invited me to join the field hockey team. The rest is history. I played on the field hockey, basketball, badminton, volleyball teams as well as participated in contest during my high school years. I am very grateful to Jane and my other physical education teachers and coaches at Girls High School.
What brought you to West Chester?
I was a first generation college graduate. My PE teachers, Jane Weitzenhoffer and Ginny Cocoa advised me to apply to West Chester. They helped me complete the application and even helped me find a job so I could earn money for the first year’s tuition.
What is the Black Women in Sport Foundation?
Black Women in Sport Foundation is a national organization that provides programming to children and facilitates the development of resources for and about women of color in sports. We are dedicated to increasing the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. The organization works to highlight achievements as well as address disparities that are present in sports as far as African American women are concerned.
What types of programming and activities does the BWSF offer?
We offer after-school programs, mentorship and summer camps. Sports including tennis, lacrosse, soccer, fencing and golf are played at many of our programs. The BSWF also awards scholarships to young black women who participate in sports.
What was your career path after you graduated from WCU?
I started my career teaching and coaching at Unionville High School. I was the first African American teacher at the school. I started the lacrosse program there and also served as the assistant coach for both field hockey and women’s basketball. After two years there, I returned to Philadelphia to teach and coach at William Penn High School. During my two years there, I taught physical education, coached swimming and was the assistant coach of the women’s basketball team. I later went to work at Lincoln University, which was a great experience for me. While at Lincoln, I started a lacrosse team, coached women’s basketball and cheerleading and continued teaching health and physical education classes.
What do you remember about your undergraduate days at WCU?
I lived on campus for three years, and when I wasn’t traveling with one of my sports teams, I socialized with my teammates and floor mates. I spent most of my weekends commuting back home to Chester, Pa., to work at the YWCA. I met lifelong friends at WCU. Shortly after my class graduated from college some of my teammates and I started a field hockey camp in the Chester area for adolescents. To this day I still socialize with my teammates from WCU.