The invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program concluded on Wednesday, June 11, as 36 college women's basketball coaches completed the program held at Columbia University.
“Being able to attend the Center for Coaching Excellence was one of the best opportunities for professional development of my coaching career,” Rigby said. “I learned so much about how to navigate building and managing an exceptional staff, how to raise standards within my program, and how to make the most of my opportunities to sell the brand of Troy University. I definitely returned from New York as a stronger member of the Trojan athletic staff.”
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.
"The Center for Coaching Excellence continues to be a premier resource for our membership," said WBCA Interim CEO Shannon Reynolds. "We truly value the partnership with Columbia University Athletics. Program facilitators Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and Dr. Cathie T. Siders do a wonderful job of making the curriculum pertinent and relatable. The Center for Coaching Excellence provides coaches with tremendous knowledge and a valuable bonding experience with their peers."
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.
Attending this year’s session were Laura Beeman, University of Hawaii; Claudette Charney, Hillsdale College; Debra Clark, Norfolk State University; Kerry Cremeans, University of Denver; Jacques Curtis, Shaw University; Brooks Donald Williams, McNeese State University; Edgar Farmer Jr., Wofford College; Kendra Faustin, Niagara University; Megan Gebbia, American University; Billi Godsey, Iona College; Tanya Haave, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Bunky Harkleroad, Sacramento State University; Brandan Harrell, Georgia Highlands College; Chris Kielsmeier, Wayne State College; Brenda Mock Kirkpatick, University of North Carolina-Asheville; Micele Koclanes, Dartmouth College; Erica Lang-Montgomery, Flagler College; Jessica Mannetti, Sacred Heart University; Deont’a McChester, Claflin University; Michael McGuire, Radford University; Joye McNelis, University of Southern Mississippi; Katie Meier, University of Miami; Lisa Mispley Fortier, Gonzaga University; Elizabeth Naumovski, Queens College; Brian Neal, Xavier University; Cameron Newbauer, Belmont University; Harry Perretta, Villanova University; Jamie Pewinski, Saginaw Valley State University; Chanda Rigby, Troy University; Tarrell Robinson, North Carolina A&T State University; Scott Rueck, Oregon State University; Audra Smith, Clemson University; Phil Stern, University Maryland, Baltimore County; Christy Thomaskutty, Emory University; Christine Vozab, Georgia Southern University; and Ryan Weisenberg, Pepperdine University.
Faculty of the 2014 Center for Coaching Excellence included Val Ackerman, commissioner, Big East Conference; Dick Baddour, athletics director emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Rich Ensor, commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Bernadette V. McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Jody Conradt, head women’s basketball coach emerita, University of Texas; Terri Williams-Flournoy, head women’s basketball coach, Auburn University; Brian Giorgis, head women’s basketball coach, Marist College; Stephanie Glance, head women’s basketball coach, Columbia University; Dr. Brent Walker, associate athletics director for championship performance, Columbia University; Muffet McGraw, head women’s basketball coach, University of Notre Dame; Marsha Sharp, associate athletics director for special projects and head women’s basketball coach emerita, Texas Tech University; Joe Tartamella, head women’s basketball coach, St. John’s University; and General Rebecca Halstead, U.S. Army (retired).