Sixth Edition of Women's Coaching Symposium set for March

Sixth Edition of Women's Coaching Symposium set for March

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 sixth edition of the NESCAC Coaching Symposium this spring.

The three-day symposium will take place from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in 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 January 2010.

"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 2012 edition of the symposium will feature presentations from head coaches and senior women administrators who are passionate and experienced in the coaching field. Janet J. Judge will be a keynote presenter and will speak to the attendees on the subject of Title IX and Gender Equity. Janet is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Sports Law and speaks often on college campuses and at NCAA conference events.

"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.

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

  • Gillian McDonald – Head Field Hockey Coach at Hamilton (Bowdoin graduate, 2004 attendee)
  • Courtney (Trotta) Ruggles – Asst. Women's Basketball Coach at Navy (Bowdoin, 2004)
  • Injoo (Han) King – Assistant AD/Head Field Hockey Coach at Montclair Kimberly Academy (Colby, 2004)
  • Melissa (Krempa) Mariano – Head Field Hockey Coach at Franklin & Marshall (Middlebury, 2004)
  • Mallory Young – Interim Head Golf Coach & Asst. Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Colby (Colby, 2005)
  • Zoe (Baldwin) Schwam – Asst. AD at Portledge School (Hamilton, 2005)
  • Elizabeth Ghilardi – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Skidmore (Colby, 2006)
  • Michelle Smith – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Babson (Trinity, 2006)
  • Danielle Lopez – UMass Sport Management Graduate Program (Tufts, 2006)
  • Maria Noucas – Asst. Women's Basketball Coach at Navy (Bowdoin, 2007)
  • Randi Dumont – Asst. Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Groton School (Middlebury, 2007)
  • Anjua Ankola – UMass Sport Management Graduate Program (Amherst, 2010)
  • Su-Lin Del Guerico – Asst. Women's Soccer Coach at Colby (Colby, 2010)

A list of participants will be posted in the coming weeks. NESCAC student-athletes interested in finding out more about the symposium should speak with their head coach or their institution's Senior Woman Administrator.