People, Places and Things – November 2021

Pat Summitt coached women’s basketball at Tennessee for 38 years winning 1,098 games and eight national championships. During her Hall of Fame career many coaches and fans made the true statement that Coach Summitt would be a winner coaching on any level or either gender. She was actually sought after by several college men’s programs including twice at Tennessee (1997, 2001).

While males have coached women’s basketball teams since the dawning of women’s athletics, females coaching male teams have been rare and occurred mostly at smaller classification schools. Dallas ISD has changed that way of thinking with the recent hiring of Sydelle Toney at South Oak Cliff (district 12-5A) and Trenice Hines at Skyline (district 10-6A). Both will be the first female boys assistant coaches in Dallas ISD history. James Mays, boys head coach at SOC said “Coach Toney will add something extra to our program”. Coach Hines said “there is no reason women can’t coach young men”. She is correct as the men’s and women’s games are now the same pertaining to rules, court size, game length and strategy. Both coaches want to help young men become winners on and off the court and also inspire other young women that there are no limits to what they can achieve.

TABC would like to thank all other female coaches who have coached male teams in the past for being pioneers and applauds Dallas ISD for their historic hirings. We also wish all of our coaches, male and female, and teams, large and small, a great 2021-22 season.