HADLEY, Mass. – Female student-athletes from the 11 member institutions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will take part in the fifth NESCAC Coaching Symposium on Friday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 31. The three-day symposium will take place in Westford, Mass. at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center.
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 NESCAC Coaching Symposium takes place every other year during different seasons, most recently in Fall 2007.
“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 NESCAC Coaching Symposium will feature presentations from head coaches and senior women administrators who are passionate and experienced in the coaching field. Kathleen DeBoer, the executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), is the author of the book Gender and Competition and will speak to the attendees on this subject and on Title IX and Gender Equity.
“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.
More information on the schedule and activities shall be forthcoming in January. NESCAC female student-athletes interested in finding out more about the symposium should speak with their institution's Senior Woman Administrator.