WBCA announces 'So You Want To Be A Coach' class of 2016

WBCA announces 'So You Want To Be A Coach' class of 2016

ATLANTA (March 1, 2016) – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is pleased to announce the class for the 14th annual WBCA’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program.  Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 1-3, 2016, in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Indianapolis.

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.

"The interest in the ‘So You Want To Be A Coach' program has been very strong this year, and we are excited to continue equipping and guiding so many young, aspiring coaches," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces this important entry-level program and we expect to see these student-athletes develop into great leaders and ambassadors for the game of women's basketball."

Listed below is the 2016 class for the WBCA’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program:


Candidate School Candidate School
Kelsey Adamski Kalamazoo Moran Lonning  Luther College
Dawnyelle Awa Washington State Paige Love North Carolina-Asheville
Shatorria Baker Lynn Janae Lyde North Alabama
Mistie Bass Connecticut Sun (WNBA) Miranda Maples Eastern Kentucky
Ryann Bowser Texas Tech Bryahna Mason North Carolina-Greensboro
Briana Bradford New Haven Josepha Mbouma Elon
Briona Brown Jacksonville  Sierra McDuffie Felician College
RaShawn Calvert Siena Heights Katie Meador Florida Gulf Coast
Kara Carlson Concordia University (Mich.) Tayra Melendez Rhode Island
Shelbi Chandler Cincinnati Tiahana Mills Canisius College
Ausha Cole Montana State-Bozeman Brene Moseley Maryland
Alyssa Colla Northern Michigan Sydney Moss Thomas More
Karlee Corvasce Moravian College Sadie Murren Wayne State (Neb.)
Empress Davenport Texas Colleen O’Connell Vassar College
Alexa Dawkins Montana State-Bozeman Chirrisse Bryce Owens New Mexico
Imani Dixon University of Saint Mary Allison Paluchniak Trinity Christian College
Emma Donahue Drake Chloe Pavlech Maryland
Asia Dozier South Carolina Dana Peterson Cabrini College
Chinwe Duru Tulane Ki-Ke Rafiu Georgetown
Elizabeth Ferry Maine-Farmington Nicole Razor Elon
Stephanie Fisher Lake Superior State University Mercedes Riggs Duke
Aisha Foy Radford Lakin Roland Dartmouth
Simonne Gage Capital Kelcie Rombach St. Bonaventure
Irene Gari Georgia Tech Alison Sanders Southeastern
Samantha Goldsmith Lynchburg College Tia Scott Merrimack College
Natalie Greenwell Morehead State Lindsay Smith Saint Ambrose
Kayleigh Guzek Stevenson Ashley Southern Lipscomb
Lauren Hayden University of New England Kristina Startare Cabrini College
Jordan Hiatt Lenoir-Rhyne Courtney Strain Jacksonville State
Amber Howell Armstrong State Jordyn Swan Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chanise Jenkins DePaul Ataijah Taylor Wake Forest
Erika Johnson North Carolina Brianna Taylor Towson 
Tierra Jones Tulane Brooklyn Taylor Saint Francis
Miriam Justinger Bowling Green Jacquelyn Thompson Montevallo
Kailey Kladivo Wartburg Aminah Williams Washington
Alexis Lawrence Missouri-St. Louis April Wilsom Purdue
Marion Lemonnier West Georgia Whitney Wyckoff Yale
Lisa Loeffler South Dakota    

“So” 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.

Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball 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 her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.

Sponsors for the “So” program are the WBCA and a grant provided by the NCAA.


About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.