TCU women’s basketball, Title IX administration topic
of November meeting
Women’s Policy Forum members heard Raegan Pebley, third-year Texas Christian University women’s basketball coach, and Kim Johnson, senior associate athletic director, explore the impact of Title IX on the development of women’s sports and campus protections for students who experience violence.
Pebley, a former collegiate basketball player and daughter of a coach, was one of eight children. She had a passion for sports, especially women’s basketball, and enjoyed the support of her father who lobbied to establish a women’s basketball team at her school. He is a coach to this day, she said.
“My father always told me to follow my passion and the money would come,” she said. Pebley keeps photos of previous female teams in her office to inspire her players and show continuity.
Pebley’s first coaching job was at Utah State. At age 26, she helped establish a women’s program at the Divison I school. “It was challenging to get the community engaged since there was no place to watch women’s basketball. There were no junior high or league teams in the area. “We really started from scratch, but we were able to eventually take a team to post-season play,” she said.
“I hope to provide women an opportunity to learn about themselves and develop confidence in their leadership abilities,” she said. She says when she asks women if they are leaders, “most of them say no.”
She said she enjoys watching them develop confidence in their leadership abilities through playing basketball. “I like the player and person who values doing what’s hard,” she added. Recently, Pebly recruited a McDonald’s Athlete and 12th best player in the country to TCU.
“When women come to TCU and play for me, it may be the first time they have ever played for a woman coach,” she said.
Kim Johnson, who also serves at deputy Title IX coordinator, explained the origins of protections against violence on campus through the act. She is responsible for reporting and investigating potential acts of discrimination, intimidation or even violence on or off campus.
“My job is to help and encourage anyone who reports an act of violence so that they understand their options,” she said. She is one of three deputy coordinators. In 2011, Title IX was expanded to include responsibility for alerting students to dangers of violence.
Many victims are unlikely to come forward because of guilt, shame or embarrassment. A trained panel of faculty and staff talks to victims and accused to evaluate validity of any claims. Incidents are handled in this way whether they happen on or off campus. Victims do have the option to go to local police to report a crime.