A CBC Sports investigation shows majority of top jobs held by people who are white
For 14 years Clayton Pottinger had tremendous success as a basketball coach, his teams winning nearly 80 per cent of their games.
But an opportunity to coach at the next level never came.
As a Black head coach, he often wondered why.
"I don't know 100 per cent the reasons behind it. I don't know that it was race related but I don't discount that," Pottinger told CBC Sports. "I was interviewed for three positions but overlooked — not even granted an interview dozens of times. It got to the point where I didn't think it was going to happen."
Pottinger's story may sound like a tale often told south of the border, but his is a Canadian story.
Last March, he finally broke through and landed his first job at the Canadian university level when UBC-Okanagan named him head coach of its men's basketball team.
Pottinger, 49, joined a small group of Black coaches who have reached the highest leadership positions in Canadian university sports.