- The second session of 2012 edition of The Center for Coaching
Excellence concluded on Wednesday, June 13 as 30 college women's
basketball coaches completed the invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite
"The June 2012 session of The Center for Coaching Excellence was incredibly successful," said
Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
at Columbia University. "After
concluding our second year, we have now worked with more than 120 college
women's basketball coaches, and we have fine-tuned our program to directly
address some of the most pressing issues in college women's basketball."
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
"The Center for Coaching Excellence gets
better every session," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The Center for Coaching Excellence was outstanding to begin
with, and program facilitators Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and Dr. Cathie T. Siders
fine-tune the curriculum to pointedly address the hot topics facing college
women's basketball today. The result is a two-and a half day program that
leaves our coaches educated, motivated and rejuvenated."
"The Center for Coaching
Excellence was an outstanding professional development
opportunity," remarked Muffet McGraw, Head Women's Basketball Coach,
University of Notre Dame. "While the curriculum was relevant,
helpful and interesting, the opportunity to network and share ideas with my
colleagues across the coaching ranks were my favorite parts of the
program. The Center for Coaching Excellence was a great experience.
I would highly recommend it to any college women's basketball head
"The Center for Coaching Excellence has
helped me tremendously," said Jim Jabir, Head Women's Basketball Coach,
University of Dayton. "The level of expertise available to us was
outstanding. The faculty that came
to speak to us, did so in a very genuine and sincere way, which was very eye-opening
for me. I feel that I am able to
redirect my energies and become a better coach, mentor and administrator
because of what I learned at The Center for Coaching Excellence."
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.
"Our nation's college women's
basketball head coaches are wonderful teachers and mentors," said Dr. Siders.
"The men and women who are stewarding this game are wholly committed to the
young women who play for them. For the second straight year, I am thrilled to
have worked with these exceptional men and women. They were so hungry for
knowledge and insight - and greatly appreciate having extra tools in their
"Once again, we assembled an
outstanding faculty for The Center for Coaching Excellence," said Dr.
Murphy. "We were very fortunate
that they were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be with
us. With Coach Geno Auriemma
preparing for the London Olympics, we were thrilled he was able to join
us. Our faculty is first class."
Faculty of the June session of The Center for Coaching
Excellence included Julie Roe Lach, Vice President of Enforcement,
NCAA; Kevin Anderson, Athletics Director, University of Maryland; Marilyn
McNeil, Athletics Director, Monmouth University; Greg Christopher, Athletics
Director, Bowling Green State University; Sherri Coale, Head Women's Basketball
Coach, University of Oklahoma; Erik Johnson, Head Women's Basketball Coach,
Boston College; Geno Auriemma, Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of
Connecticut and Head Coach, USA Women's Basketball; Robin Green Harris, Executive
Director, Ivy League; Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Executive Director, Patriot
League; Beth DeBauche, Commissioner, Ohio Valley Conference and Noreen Morris; Commissioner,