Tina Krah began her role as director of division I women’s basketball championship at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in January 2009. Krah joined the national office staff in June 2001 after serving as director of women’s basketball operations at Vanderbilt University. She has spent the past ten years at the NCAA in the championships group, focusing primarily on the administration of women’s sport championships across all three divisions. Krah was a member of Immaculata’s championship basketball team in 1974. This team’s cinderalla story is the basis for the movie Mighty Macs. She was also a Division I women’s basketball coach for 19 years.
Share a personal story showing how Title IX has affected you
I was fortunate to grow up in a family of eight children (five girls and three boys). My father was a basketball player and did some behind the scenes coaching, so we were exposed to the game at a very early age. I fell in love with the game and had a chance to begin playing the game in 8th grade before moving on to play in high school. I was invited to work summer basketball camps throughout my high school years because the owner of the camp believed I had the potential to be a very good basketball player.
By the time Title IX was passed in 1972 (my junior year in high school), the boys’ basketball state championship had been in existence for 52 years. The passing of Title IX was one of the influences in establishing a championship for girls, with 1973 the inaugural year of the Pennsylvania Girl’s Basketball State Championship. My senior year in high school I was fortunate enough to be a member of the first girls’ basketball state championship team. After the championship game I was asked if I had any intention of playing college basketball. Actually the thought of attending college really wasn’t a realistic option for me. But the exposure of winning the state championship opened the door for me to attend college (Immaculata College). In my first year of college in 1974, our Immaculata team won the national championship.
The passing of Title IX I believe opened the doors for me to play the sport I loved. But more importantly opened the door for me to attain bachelor and master degrees. Title IX legislation pushed open the door to provide opportunities to women. It established a level of accountability to allow opportunity versus stopping opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind Title IX is the reason I have a college degree today and why I will always be able to cherish my championship experiences.
How has Title IX impacted your industry or career path?
I started my career coaching basketball and after 19 years I made the move to administration. Presently, I am a director of championships at the NCAA. Since 1972 women have been provided opportunities to chase their dreams because of Title IX, which continues to open the door for future generations.
What would you like to say to Burch Bayh for authoring the Title IX Legislation
Mr. Bayh, thank you for understanding the necessity of having legislation in place to hold decision makers accountable in providing opportunities for women! I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without this legislation and the guidance of my parents who encouraged us to follow our dreams.