As Women’s History Month tips off, women of the Stockton Kings staff sat down with Record Net to discuss what it means to them to work primarily amongst fellow females in a male-dominated field.
Though the sports industry is historically male-dominated, the Stockton Kings staff is just the opposite. Nine of the 13 full-time employees who make up the Stockton Kings front office are female.
“It wasn’t a matter of us sitting down and saying ‘how many males are here, and how many females are here.’ The best candidate for those positions happened to be female,” spoke Kings VP of Business Operations, Dustin Toms.
For women like Kings Director of Ticket Sales, Jillian Stoker, this is a statistic she never would have dreamed to be true as a kid. “I didn’t see a path when I was young – just never really thought [working in sports] was even an option,” admitted Stoker.
Prior to landing a job with the Stockton Kings, the SoCal native worked for the Reno Aces, where she was the sole woman on a team of 11 staff members.
Contrarily, Kings Public Relations and Community Impact Manager, Sabrina Hernandez, shared that she always saw herself working in sports, even from a young age.
“I always thought I could do it because I was always that one girl. I was the one girl watching practice with my dad’s team or being the water girl.”
Kings Color Commentator and former college basketball player, Morgan Ragan, also knows a thing or two about feeling like that “one girl.” The 31-year-old is one of just five female TV announcers in G League basketball.
Ragan admits that there is still work to be done in terms of female representation in sports, but she is grateful to be in the position she earned.
“I [thank] the women who came before me to pave the way. I am fortunate that the Kings organization is so progressive.”
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