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WBCA Timeline

1981   The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is formed on September 1. One hundred coaches attend the first Convention, held in 1982 at Virginia Beach in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament.
1981   Betty Jaynes is named as the Executive Director of the WBCA.
1981   The WBCA Board of Directors is developed consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,  Past President and representatives from eight regions.
1981   The first logo for the WBCA is created in November.
1981   The WBCA creates its first publication, Backboard Bulletin.
1982   Jill Hutchison becomes the first WBCA President, serving her presidency while coaching in the WNIT.
1982   The WBCA opens its office in Philadelphia, Penn., in April.
1983   Tennessee’s Pat Summitt is the first WBCA Coach of the Year and ODU’s Anne Donovan is the WBCA’s first  Player of the Year for NCAA Division I.
1983   NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior Colleges are added for the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams.
1985   NCAA Division II and NAIA athletes are given separate awards for the Kodak/WBCA All-America Teams.
1986   The USA TODAY ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll debuts for NCAA Division I women’s basketball.
1986   The WBCA adds the High School and Assistant Coaches position on the Board of Directors.
1986   The WBCA moves their office from Philadelphia, Penn., to Atlanta, Ga., in June.
1987   The WBCA publishes it’s first issue of Coaching Women’s Basketball (CWB) magazine.
1987   Teresa Edwards, four-time Olympic gold medalist and former University of Georgia standout, becomes the first intern at the WBCA.
1990   In March, the WBCA purchases it’s office in Lilburn, Ga. and moves in.
1991   The second WBCA logo is in place in September.
1992   WBCA adds the Black Coaches Association and Male Coaches positions to the Board of Directors.
1992   The first WBCA High School All-America Game is held.
1993   The WBCA fiscal year is changed from July 1 through June 30 to September 1 through August 31.
1993   Jim Foster is named the first male WBCA President and becomes the first president to coach in the NCAA  Division I Women’s Final Four during his tenure.
1994   The WBCA adds the three legislative positions as well as the Committee on Basketball Issues position to the  Board of Directors.
1994   The WBCA begins awarding the Coaches’ Trophy to the top-ranked Division I team in the final USA TODAY ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
1995   The USA TODAY ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll adds NCAA Division II women’s basketball.
1996   The USA TODAY ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll for NCAA Division III is added.
1996   Betty Jaynes is named Chief Executive Officer on September 1.
1996   The WBCA drops all of the district representatives and replaces them with four NCAA Division I positions,  two NCAA Division II positions, two NCAA Division III positions, one NAIA position and one JC/CC position  on the Board of Directors.
1997   Beth Bass is named Executive Director of the WBCA on January 1.
1998   The WBCA establishes their event management department.
1998   The first WBCA All-Star Challenge Game is held.
1998   The WBCA’s third logo is created. It stood until 2016.
1998   The WBCA presidential term is changed from one year to two with Carol Alfano acting as the first dual term  WBCA President.
1998   The WBCA completes its office renovation in October.
2000   The WBCA receives rights to the Wade Trophy with NAGWS on June 20.
2000   Betty F. Jaynes announces retirement from the WBCA, but continues to serve as WBCA Consultant.
2000   The WBCA Conference Captains are established.
2000   WBIT is created to establish the WBCA website.
2001   The WBCA Internship Program was renamed the Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program in honor of retired  CEO Betty F. Jaynes.
2001   Beth Bass is named Chief Executive Officer of the WBCA on November 1.
2003   The WBCA implements the “So You Want To Be A Coach” Program.
2003   The WBCA holds their first Lessons of the Legends in Atlanta at the 2003 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
2005   Four At-Large Division I positions are added to the WBCA Board of Directors.
2006   The WBCA hosts its last All-Star Challenge, the collegiate all-star matchup, as a part of the Night of  All-Stars.
2007   The WBCA begins the WBCA Pink Zone initiative.
2007   The WBCA launches the first national women’s basketball podcast, “Shootaround with Beth & Debbie”,  hosted by Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli.
2007   The WBCA announces its first charity of choice, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
2008   The WBCA adds Conference Commissioners Association position to the Board of Directors.
2009   The WBCA relaunches Coaching Women’s Basketball magazine.
2009   Fast Break, the WBCA’s new and improved e-newsletter, launches.
2009   The WBCA begins using social networking to reach coaches and fans of womens’ basketball.
2009   The WBCA revises the Compliance Corner for Division I, and implements a new high school legislative  newsletter entitled  Compliance Now.
2010   The WBCA implements an official Ethics Committee for women’s basketball.
2010   WBCA.org is reinvented, creating a one-stop shop for women’s basketball coaches and fans looking to gain  education, networking opportunities, the latest women’s basketball news, career development and much more.
2013   The WBCA adopts its first-ever strategic plan, a blueprint for moving the Association forward in the years 2014-2018.
2014   Betty Jaynes passes away on Feb. 10.
2014   Beth Bass steps down as CEO on April 16; chief operating officer Shannon Reynolds serves as interim CEO while the board of directors searches for Bass’ successor.
2014   Danielle M. Donehew is named the WBCA’s third executive director on July 2.
2015   The WBCA membership adopts a comprehensive revision to Association Bylaws, which reconstitutes the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
2015   The Champion pictogram its retired from the WBCA logo but lives on in the form of The Champion statuette which is presented to all WBCA award recipients.
2016   The WBCA acquires full ownership of The Wade Trophy.
2016   A year-long branding study culminates with a complete rebrand of the Association, the launch of a totally new website and the unveiling of a new logo – the fourth in the WBCA’s history.