January 22, 2004

NESCAC to Hold Coaching Symposium for Female Student-Athletes

HARTFORD, Conn. – Twenty-five female student-athletes from the eleven member institutions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will attend a coaching symposium this Friday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 25th on the campus of Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

The NESCAC Coaching Symposium, organized by the senior woman administrators at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in college athletics.

The Symposium will feature presentations from a few pioneers in women’s athletics including a discussion of Title IX with former University of Iowa Women’s Athletics Director Christine Grant and a presentation on the history of women in sport by Charlotte West, former president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Attendees will also hear from former NESCAC student-athlete and coach Jan Brown on choosing coaching as a lifelong profession. Brown, who was a track and field standout at Tufts University, is currently the Director of Division II Governance and Executive Committee liaison at the NCAA.

Other speakers include University of Massachusetts professor Pat Griffin, NCAA Director of Division III Bridget Belgiovine, and Kathleen DeBoer, the former Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Kentucky. Coaches and administrators from the conference will lead discussions on topics including coaching philosophy, team building and conflict resolution.

This is the second such women’s coaching symposium held at the Division III level. The Centennial Conference began holding a similar event in 2000 under the direction of Jenepher Shillingford. Shillingford, the Snell Professor at Ursinus College, designed the project as an initiative to encourage women to enter the coaching field. To date, over fifty percent of their attendees have entered the field of coaching.

Participants were selected through an application and interview process and have committed to attend the three-day symposium and design a project on their own campus this spring to emphasize or enhance opportunities for women in coaching. 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.

For more information including a complete Symposium schedule of events, list of participants and speaker biographies, visit www.nescac.com/symposium/.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference was formed in 1971 and includes 11 private colleges and universities – Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. Member institutions compete in Division III of the NCAA.