SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women's basketball head coach Carlene Mitchell is featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Coach, which tells the story of hall of fame coach C. Vivian Stringer.
"It's a story that can't be told enough," Mitchell said. "It really shows who she is as a person and what she has done to impact so many people. I was honored to be a part of it."
The 40th Anniversary of Title IX was celebrated throughout the NCAA last year, but honoring those who have been active proponents of the historic amendment can never end.
With that notion, ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series has produced nine films, appropriately titled Nine for IX, that spotlight some of those individuals. Coach introduces the series and shows Stringer's impactful career from her time taking Cheyney State College to the first ever women's basketball Final Four in 1982 to facing adversity regarding racial slurs towards her 2007 Final Four team at Rutgers.
Also in the film is UCSB assistant coach Heather Zurich who played on the 2007 team.
Title IX inspired the documentary, but it also showed how Stringer's positive influence reached beyond the lives of female athletes.
"It's not just women," Mitchell noted. "There are so many fathers now that have young daughters who are so thankful to have someone like coach Stringer who has paved the way for their daughters to play sports and to be treated fairly."
Coach was directed by award winning director Bess Kargman and was produced by film icon Whoopi Goldberg.
You can watch the short documentary here.