Seventh Edition of Women's Coaching Symposium set for January

HADLEY, Mass. – Female student-athletes from the eleven member institutions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will have an opportunity to learn about coaching, administration, and industry lifestyle when the conference hosts the seventh edition of the NESCAC Coaching Symposium this spring.

The three-day symposium will take place from Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 2 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in Westford, Mass.

The NESCAC Coaching Symposium, organized by the senior woman administrators (SWA) at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in athletics with the help of a grant from the NCAA along with support by the NESCAC institutions. The symposium is held in alternating years and was most recently conducted in March 2012.

"The NESCAC Coaching Symposium is an opportunity to expand the educational experiences for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators," stated NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage. "We are pleased to offer our student-athletes the chance to learn about coaching and women's athletics. While students at NESCAC institutions may not initially consider a career in athletics, the symposium provides information and perspectives on careers in coaching from individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and growth of athletics – in particular women's athletics - both within our own conference and nationally."

The 2014 edition of the symposium will feature presentations from head coaches and senior woman administrators who are passionate and experienced in the coaching field. Kathleen J. DeBoer will be a keynote presenter and will speak to the attendees on the subjects of Title IX, Gender Equity, and Gender and Competition. Kathy is currently the Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and is a nationally known speaker and does popular programs on gender, motivation, teamwork, and 21st century leadership.

"The NESCAC Coaching Symposium also affords our coaches and administrators the ability to enhance their roles as educators," commented Savage on the programming created by the conference's coaches and administrators for the weekend. NESCAC institutional staff members will lead discussions on topics including coaching philosophy, transitioning from athlete to coach, the recruiting process, team building, and the coaching lifestyle.

Each attendee will be assisted by a campus mentor who will help the student-athlete in their development as a coach and in the job search following graduation should they decide to enter the field of coaching.

NESCAC student-athletes interested in finding out more about the symposium should speak with their head coach or their institution's Senior Woman Administrator.

Notable former students that attended the symposium and have pursued a career in athletics include:

  • Kate Barnosky (Tufts '12) –  Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant at Tufts
  • Meredith Bitterman (Hamilton '12)– Working and coaching with Ed Snyder Ice Hockey Foundation
  • Corey Cooper (Middlebury '12) – Head Girls' Ice Hockey Coach at Proctor Academy
  • Randi Dumont (Middlebury '07) – Head Girls' Ice Hockey Coach at Groton School
  • Elizabeth Ghilardi (Colby '06)– Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Skidmore
  • Katie Giberson (Trinity '12) –  Compliance, Facilities, & Recreation Graduate Assistant at Trinity
  • Injoo (Han) King (Colby '04) – Assistant AD/Head Field Hockey Coach at Montclair-Kimberly Academy
  • Tiffany Kornegay (Tufts '12) – Teacher/Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach at Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Dominique Lozzi (Bowdoin '12) – Assistant Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Trinity
  • Melissa (Krempa) Mariano (Middlebury '04) - Head Field Hockey Coach at Franklin & Marshall
  • Gillian McDonald (Bowdoin '04) – Head Field Hockey Coach at Hamilton
  • Maria Noucas (Bowdoin '09) – Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Dartmouth
  • Bridgi Palatino (Connecticut College '12) – Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Connecticut College
  • Zoe (Baldwin) Schwam (Hamilton '05) – Assistant Athletic Director at Portledge School
  • Michelle Smith (Trinity '06) – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Babson
  • Stephany Surrette (Middlebury '12) – Teacher at Cornelia Connelly Center and Coaching Basketball
  • Molly Susla (Colby '13) – Coaching a Junior Nordic Ski Team in Colorado
  • Mallory Young (Colby '05)– Interim Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Colby
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