ATLANTA (February 28, 2013) - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is pleased to announce the class for the 11th annual WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 5-7 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans.

The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.

"The interest in the ‘So You Want To Be A Coach' program has been phenomenal and we are glad to see the benefits it has had on so many females," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The WBCA continues to improve and develop the program year in and year out and we look forward to seeing these future coaches develop into great leaders for the game of women's basketball."

Listed below is the 2013 class for the WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program:

  Candidate School Candidate School
  Mackenzie Argens Washington Marissa Kastanek North Carolina St.
  Caitlin Bamberger Shippensburg Dominique Kelley Nebraska
  Alexa Barbush Frank. & Marsh. Gentry Manley UNC Asheville
  Deana Bledsoe Ashford Britni Martin Sam Houston State
  Lakevia Boykin Wake Forest Brittany Morris Seton Hall
  Marian Brooks Norfolk St. Gabriell Munsch Cal St. Monterey Bay
  Elan Brown Vanderbilt Ambreelinne Ortman West Chester
  Kelsey Canavan Lubbock Christian Micaela Pickens Arizona St.
  Gabrielle Clark San Diego State Kate Popovec Northwestern
  Tiffany Clarke Vanderbilt Ashley Prim Saint Joseph’s
  Elise Clyburn Saint Leo Grace Rehnquist Williams
  Jordan Coleman Belmont Crystal Riley Kentucky
  Brittany Cox Pfeiffer Jenny Ryan Michigan
  China Crosby Virginia Rachel Sheffer Michigan
  Kristina Danella Marist Amber Smith Kentucky
  Mansa El South Ala. Tyria Snow Tulane
  Clare Fitzpatrick Cornell Lauren Stodola Grand Valley St.
  Jaquaria Forney Charlotte Sharena Taylor Georgia Tech
  Jennifer George Florida Morgan Toles Florida St.
  Emma Golen Harvard Chynna Turner Wichita St.
  Jessica Goswitz Rice Candice Walker Loyola Maryland
  Olivia Grayson Tulane Kayla Waskow Coe
  Danielle Hamilton-Carter Georgia Tech Krystal Wells LIU Brooklyn
  Jessica Harris Tiffin Asia Williams Wake Forest
  Robyn Hobson VCU Kristyn Wright Rochester (NY)

"So" participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life. College coaches speaking at the event this year include Oklahoma State assistant coach Richard Henderson, Penn State head coach Coquese Washington, Nebraska assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, University of Alabama-Birmingham head coach Audra Smith and Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Qualified candidates must have exhausted her final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach has to nominate them and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on their academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.

Sponsors for the "So" program are the WBCA and the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials.

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About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.