NEW YORK - The second session of 2013 edition of The Center for Coaching Excellence concluded on Wednesday, June 12 as 35 college women's basketball coaches completed the invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program.

"Our second session of The Center for Coaching Excellence this year was fabulous," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia University.  "Through this wonderful program, we have now had the opportunity to engage nearly 200 college women's basketball coaches, and provide them with a thorough and unique learning experience."

Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, and the WBCA, The Center for Coaching Excellence provides an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, The Center for Coaching Excellence gives college women's basketball coaches valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.

"With the completion of the sixth session of The Center for Coaching Excellence, another year of this remarkable program is in the books.  More than 170 coaches of women's basketball have had the opportunity to grow professionally because of their attendance and participation in this two-and-a-half-day workshop,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.  “There is nothing like it for the coaches in any other sport.  The WBCA is proud to partner with Columbia University in offering this unique experience to our membership."

"I was so inspired and uplifted by the energy of the staff and panels involved in The Center for Coaching Excellence,” said Joanne Boyle, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Virginia.  “Dianne [Murphy] and Cathie [Siders] are so passionate about helping coaches gain wisdom and knowledge to best serve their student-athletes, athletics directors and universities. The Center for Coaching Excellence was invaluable in giving us the necessary skills and tools to lead our programs to the best of our availability, and I am leaving with a new appreciation and energy about the importance of great leadership in today’s world.”

"Attending The Center for Coaching Excellence is by far the best decision I have made for my professional development," said Joi Williams, Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of Central Florida. "There is no question that the insight I gained about myself will help me to be a more effective leaders.  The Center for Coaching Excellence is a first-class event.  The energy and passion that Dianne [Murphy] and Cathie [Siders] present with is outstanding and contagious.”

Dr. Cathie T. Siders, a clinical psychologist, organizational consultant and executive coach, facilitated group-learning sessions. Other sessions featured panel discussions from a wide variety of leaders from both the college athletics industry and other sectors of industry.

"Over the past three years, I have been so fortunate to work with nearly 200 of our nation's college women's basketball head coaches," said Dr. Siders. "They are truly such wonderful leaders, teachers and mentors. Providing them with the tools they need to be successful is such a rewarding experience for me – and everyone associated with The Center for Coaching Excellence."

"The critical success and recognized importance of The Center for Coaching Excellence has enabled us to assemble a top-rate faculty each year – and this year was no different" said Dr. Murphy. "We were very fortunate to be feature so many important men and women across the entire leadership spectrum of college women’s basketball on our faculty. From conference commissioners and hall of fame head college women’s basketball coaches to NCAA executives and an exceptional executive coach and clinical psychologist, our faculty truly is second to none."

Faculty of the June 10-12, 2013 session of The Center for Coaching Excellence included Anucha Browne, Vice President of Women’s Basketball Championships, NCAA; Val Ackerman, Strategic Consultant, NCAA and Faculty, Columbia University School of Continuing Education; Bernadette McGlade, Commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; John Steinbrecher, Commissioner, Mid-American Conference; Marsha Sharp, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Emerita and Associate Athletics Director, Texas Tech University; Stephanie Glance, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Columbia University; Muffet McGraw, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Notre Dame; Matthew Mitchell, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Kentucky; Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner, Big 12 Conference; Rebecca Halstead, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret.).