INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2016) - During its 2016 Convention in Indianapolis, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) unveiled a new logo, website (www.wbca.org) and new awards and professional development opportunities.
Danielle Donehew, WBCA executive director, spoke to the audience of over 2000 attendees during the Association’s Ignite! session on Saturday morning, stating, “We knew, the WBCA’s promise to its members – its brand – needed to be rediscovered. With plenty of online education accessible to our members and an abundance of coaching clinics around the country, we had to look at where we can carve out our unique niche. What we came to realize was that the WBCA needed to be the place where leaders of women’s basketball are created. Not only should we be focused on helping you be great coaches on the court, but also we should be focused on you as people –– as leaders, as teachers, as mentors.”
The WBCA unveiled a new logo, replacing the logo it had in place for 18 years. Since it’s inception in 1981 the WBCA has changed its logo four times. Meaning behind the current logo includes moving the profession forward.
Along with being a hub for WBCA news, the website is upgraded with a forum where members can participate in discussions throughout the year, an expanded library of videos, plays and drills and other coaching resources, as well as improved resources for career development and job searches.
Donehew also spoke of the new initiatives already being offered this year, including the Assistant Coach of the Year award; a program called Thirty Under 30 recognizing up-and-coming coaches who are age 30 or under; and a partnership with Max Preps, naming a High School Player of the Week during the basketball season.
In the fall the Association will launch a Coach to Coach Mentoring Program, which will bring member coaches together in small groups throughout the season in order to share ideas, discuss challenges and extend their professional networks.
The WBCA continues to make strides to provide its membership with educational programming that will help them grow professionally, while continuing to recognize those across the game who elevate the game to a higher standard.