When Greg Burke logs onto a Zoom call Monday night, he will do something he has done hundreds of times in his 25 years as the Director of Athletics at Northwestern State with one caveat.
Burke will spend his time Monday on a Zoom call put together by the Minority Coaches Advancement Association (MCAA) speaking to potential women’s basketball coaches, giving those coaches real-time experience in a head coaches interview setting.
The MCAA has provided scenarios for the interviewees and panelists to work through that mirror typical coaching searches colleges have gone through in the past.
Burke was contacted about participating in Monday’s session by Archie McDaniel, the president of the MCAA and an assistant football coach at the University of Houston. According to McDaniel, Burke was recommended as a participant by Louisiana-Lafayette Deputy Director of Athletics Lee De Leon, who was the athletic director at Southland Conference member Abilene Christian from 2014-18.
“I appreciate Lee, who has been a good friend and peer for many years, for offering my name as a potential participant to help further the good work being done by the MCAA,” said Burke, who also is in his first year as a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee. “The bottom line is the time invested on Monday evening will benefit me on a professional and personal level and more importantly, will benefit the NSU athletic program.”
Burke is a member of NSU’s Committee for Inclusion and Diversity. He also initiated the student-athlete led “Demons4Equality” group last June which provides an opportunity for all student-athletes to have a voice in the department and to continue focusing on social justice issues.
According to its web site, the MCAA’s mission “is to create a platform that provides awareness to the issues affecting appropriate minority representation for men and women within athletics and athletic administration while also providing essential professional development opportunities for the preparation of advancement within athletics and athletic administration.”