Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ESPN Films - Nine for IX Short Film: Coach

In early July, ESPN Films is starting a new film series called Nine for IX about women in sports produced by women. As part of this series, ESPN has released the award winning short film Coach. The executive producer of the short is Whoppi Goldberg and the director is Bess Kargman.

Nine for IX Short: Coach

C. Vivian Stringer is one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball. She was the first to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Rutgers) and received the highest honor of all in 2009 -- a place alongside Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and David Robinson as an inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Coach Stringer became more well known to the non-sports world in 2007, when the words "nappy headed hoes" were used to describe the group of young women she led, in spite of tremendous odds, to the National Championship game that same year. Perhaps because Stringer is also a mother whose career successes have been intertwined with personal tragedy, her response to the 2007 incident showed she wasn't just a great coach, but the perfect example of grace under fire.

You can find Coach on the ESPN web site at

More about the film at:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your Nine for IX posts. I started by high school athletic career in 1976 and it was an uphill battle for funding, practice time and recognition. Women's sports has come a long way but continues to have an uphill battle.