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Locke, Bernadette

In 1990 Bernadette Locke became the first woman and the first African American woman to be named an assistant coach in Division I Men's NCAA basketball; she was an assistant to Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky. Locke was also the first African American head coach of the Women's basketball team at the University of Kentucky, where she also coached women's basketball from 1995-2003. She is presently an assistant coach in the WNBA. For more see First Black women coaches Division One mens basketball, at The African American Registry website.

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“Locke, Bernadette,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 23, 2024,

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