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:
|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.