Last week, assistant field hockey coach Samantha Carr took part in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. Carr was one of 46 participants at the Academy which was created in back in 2002.  The five-day event has three main objectives: to provide women coaches with professional development, to retain women in the coaching profession, and to build relationships and framework for mentoring.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy," said Carr. "To have female coaches from different sports, divisions and states come together to share not only their passion for coaching but women athletics, it has also inspired me to become more involved outside the sport of field hockey."

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X's and O's.

"The Women Coaches Academy is a terrific opportunity for coaches to gather from across the United States and share their views on athletics and listen to presenters who are the best in the athletic profession," said head coach Marybeth Freeman.  "For Sam to be a part of this academy and elite group of women, it is a testament to her passion, dedication and the wanting to remain a student of her discipline. Congratulations to Sam for being selected to participate in this Academy, an honor well deserved."