WBCA, Alliance of Women Coaches announce 2018 ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ participants

ATLANTA (January 22, 2018) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, in partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is pleased to announce the class for the 16th annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program.  Each member will participate in the three-day workshop with speakers provided by the Alliance on March 28-30 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

The objectives of the “So” 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, and 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.

“ ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 15 years ago,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “ ‘So’ is the entry point for women’s basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, more than 400 former college women’s basketball players are currently working as coaches or in some role in our sport. Our new partnership with the Alliance will enable us to make this already successful program even better.”

“The WBCA has set the bar high for the ‘So’ program,” said Megan Kahn, executive director of the Alliance of Women Coaches. “Joining in partnership, the Alliance is excited to help pave a way for these student-athletes to continue to be involved in the game of basketball. We look forward to welcoming, educating and inspiring these aspiring coaches.”  

Here are the members of the 2018 “So You Want To Be A Coach” program class:



Dyandria Anderson

University of Florida

Ashley Barker

Marietta College

Khadijah Berger

Temple University

Halie Bergman

University of Nevada

Camden Boehner

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Quanetria Bolton

University of Alabama

Kari Borowiak

Concordia University (MI)

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott

University of Toledo

Ja'Da Brayboy

University of North Carolina - Asheville

Molly Brown

University of Southern Mississippi

Brandi Buie

Jacksonville University

Shaylen Burnett

Elon University

LeTisha Caldwell

Cincinnati Christian University

Laura Castaldo

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jasmine Cincore

University of Nebraska

Emily Clemens

Western Illinois University

Caitland Considine

Coker College

Remy Davenport

Truman State University

Jenny DeGraaf

University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Jasmine Demers

Buena Vista University

Jillian Dunston

University of Michigan

Jennifer Dynis

University of Illinois

Amanda Fioravanti

Saint Joseph's University

Maggie Flynn

Flagler College

Danielle Franklin

Valparaiso University

Adashia Franklyn

Saint Joseph's University

Taylor Gleason

Oakland University

Tiara Goode

Coppin State University

Brittany Greene

University of Southern Mississippi

Shelby Holmes

Eastern Nazarene College

Cassidy Joyner

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Jordan Korinek

Kent State University

Mackenzie Latt

Davidson College

Hannah Lepaio

Newberry College

Laney Lewis

Ursuline College

Samantha Lisikatos

State University College at Oneonta

Adebisi Mabodu

University of North Texas

Kelsey McClure

University of West Georgia

Lulu McKinney

Texas A&M University

Camille McPherson

Moravian College

Jalisa Mitchell

Harris Stowe State University

Kolby Morgan

Tulane University

Brooke Orcutt

Case Western Reserve University

Abby Owings

Thomas More College

Charnelle Reed

Lewis University

Chantel Roberts

Chowan University

Brianna Rowe

Concordia University (MI)

Allison Spaschak

Ithaca College

Madeline Staples

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Ni'ya Styles

University of Mount Olive

Amani Tatum

Manhattan College

Naqaiyyah Teague

Jacksonville University

Sheana Vega

Liberty University

Anna Walther

Roger Williams University

Monterika Warren

Bethune Cookman University

Aries Washington

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Dominique Williams

University of California - Los Angeles

Emily Wood

University of Nebraska

Bre Zanders

Lindenwood University

Camille Zimmerman

Columbia University

Kat Wright

University of Arizona

Danielle Williams

University of Michigan

 “So” participants are provided with professional development and career networking opportunities. They will learn about the administrative side of coaching, recruiting, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.

Qualified candidates are selected from a list of nominees who have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. The candidate’s head coach must nominate them and be an active WBCA member. Each participant is picked based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.

The WBCA “So” program has graduated 814 participants in its 15-year history. Of these, 54 percent (not counting the 2017 class) are currently working in women’s or girls’ basketball at various levels of the profession. A total of 53 “So” alumni are head women’s or girls’ basketball coaches — five in NCAA Division I, three in NCAA Division II, 11 in NCAA Division III, one in the NAIA, four on the two-year college level, and 29 on the high school level.

Visit www.WBCA.org for more information on the “So” program.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.

About the Alliance of Women Coaches
The Alliance of Women Coaches was founded in 2011 and has become the premier organization that empowers the community of women coaches, across all sports and levels, with the education and resources they need to stay and advance in the profession. By providing a supportive network, inspiration and knowledge, and access to in-person and digital platforms, the Alliance is changing the landscape for women in coaching. For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org.