LAKELAND, Fla. - A trio of Florida Southern College coaches recently participated in the 2019 NCAA Women Coaches Academy, held in Denver, Colo. from June 19-22. Betsy Harris (head coach/women's basketball), Trish Riddell (head coach/women's tennis), and Shannon McHale (assistant coach/women's lacrosse) each attended the annual event. Harris was a first-time attendee while Riddell and McHale were part of the NCAA Academy 2.0 program, which is offered to individuals who have already attended the Women Coaches Academy.
The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA), hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a 4-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels. The WCA is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. Participants focus on non-sport specific concepts in an environment that fosters inclusion across the sports community.
The Academy is for women coaches at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions. Since the first WCA session in 2003, 46 Academies have taken place, producing more than 1,700 graduates.
This year's Academy faculty included former Wisconsin head coach and current Los Angeles Sparks assistant coach Bobbie Kelsey, former Florida State volleyball head coach Cecile Reynaud, and other nationally-renowned speakers and instructors.