At Augusta State, athletic director Clint Bryant said he is proud of the way his school has managed Title IX. In the fall, the school will offer 13 sports: seven for women, six for men. He added Augusta State is considering offering women’s soccer in the near future.
“I think we’ve done a good job, but like everybody else in the country we can continue to do better in trying to provide opportunities for women,” Bryant said. “It’s allowed us to realize what it means to be diverse and inclusive. It’s allowed women’s athletics to not take a backstage to men’s athletics. It’s allowed women to compete on a level playing field.”
At Paine College, senior women’s administrator Selina Kohn is heading up a gender-equity plan to ensure the school is providing opportunities for female coaches and sports like those for their male counterparts. Paine offers 10 sports: five for men, five for women.
Athletic director Tim Duncan said Title IX is something his school takes seriously.
“It means opportunity for female student-athletes to compete at the highest level,” Duncan said. “That’s something very important to us.”
At USC Aiken, athletic director Randy Warrick said his school makes reports every year to see how it stacks up with scholarships and budgetary funds. The school provides 11 sports – six women, five men – with more scholarship dollars going to female athletes than male athletes.
“Title IX is something we do feel is very important,” Warrick said. “I think we do a good job with how we fund our sports. I feel very comfortable that we’re in very good shape with Title IX. With that being said, that’s something that has to be looked at every year and something everyone has to stay on top of.”
Warrick said if and when his school adds a new sport, it will be one that’s growing in the Southeast. The Peach Belt Conference already has seven women’s golf teams, and a Lady Pacers squad would fit in well in Aiken, a hotbed for golf.