Legacy Stories

A Legacy Story About Coach Fred Snowden

Narrated by Stacey Snowden

Video by African American Museum of Southern Arizona

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This is a recording of FireSide Chat with Stacey Snowden, the daughter of the late Fred Snowden, the first African American head coach at a major American university. In this video, Stacey shares her father’s legacy and the impact he had on Arizona’s basketball history. Find out how Fred Snowden’s hiring in the early 1970s laid the foundation for the modern era of Arizona basketball and how he created a family atmosphere among his players that still bonds them today. This chat also sheds light on the challenges and racism Fred Snowden faced as the first African American head coach and how his hiring opened doors for other African American coaches in college basketball. Don’t miss this insightful conversation about a pivotal figure in the history of University basketball.

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