Charlotte senior guard Jai Forney
been included as a member in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association
(WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" program as one of 50 participants. The 11th
annual program will be held as a three-day workshop April 5-7 in conjunction
with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans at the Final Four.
Forney, who's halftime buzzer-beater from midcourt ranked No. 4 on ESPN
SportsCenter's Top 10 plays Thursday, is one of three Atlantic 10 attendees,
joining Saint Joseph's Ashley Prim and VCU's Robyn Hobson.
The objectives of the 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 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 Richard Henderson, Penn State head
coach Conquese Washington, Nebraska assistant Shimmy Gray-Miller, UAB head
coach Audra Smith and Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted her final year of 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 program are the WBCA and the NCAA Matching Fund for the
Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials.
Participants in the 2013 program:
Jai Forney, Charlotte
Mackenzie Argens, Washington
Caitlin Bamberger, Shippensburg
Alexa Barbush, Franklin & Marshall
Deana Bledsoe, Ashford
Lakevia Boykin, Wake Forest
Marian Brooks, Norfolk State
Elan Brown, Vanderbilt
Kelsey Canavan, Lubbock Christian
Gabrielle Clark, San Diego State
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
Elise Clyburn, Saint Leo
Jordan Coleman, Belmont
Brittany Cox, Pfeiffer
China Crosby, Virginia
Kristina Danella, Marist
Mansa El, South Alabama
Clare Fitzpatrick, Cornell
Jennifer George, Florida
Emma Golen, Harvard
Jessica Goswitz, Rice
Olivia Grayson, Tulane
Danielle Hamilton-Carter, Georgia Tech
Jessica Harris, Tiffin
Robyn Hobson, VCU
Marissa Kastanek, North Carolina State
Dominique Kelley, Nebraska
Gentry Manley, UNC Asheville
Britni Martin, Sam Houston State
Brittany Morris, Seton Hall
Gabriell Munsch, Cal State-Monterey Bay
Amreelinne Ortman, West Chester
Micaila Pickens, Arizona State
Kate Popovec, Northwestern
Ashley Prim, Saint Joseph's
Grace Rehnquist, Williams
Crystal Riley, Kentucky
Jenny Ryan, Michigan
Rachel Sheffer, Michigan
Amber Smith, Kentucky
Tyria Snow, Tulane
Lauren Stodola, Grand Valley State
Sharena Taylor, Georgia Tech
Morgan Toles, Florida State
Chynna Turner, Wichita State
Candice Walker, Loyola (Md.)
Kayla Waskow, Coe
Krystal Wells, LIU-Brooklyn
Asia Williams, Wake Forest
Kristyn Wright, Rochester (N.Y.)
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