Three Southeastern Conference women's basketball student-athletes have been selected to participate in the 16th annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, announced Monday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, in partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop with speakers provided by the Alliance on March 28-30 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Alabama's Quanetria Bolton, Florida's Dyandria Anderson and Texas A&M's Atallah McKinney will join 59 other student-athletes taking part in the program. Qualified candidates are selected from a list of nominees who have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. The candidate's head coach must nominate them and be an active WBCA member. Each participant is picked based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.
The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.
"'So You Want To Be A Coach' is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 15 years ago," WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew said. "'So' is the entry point for women's basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, more than 400 former college women's basketball players are currently working as coaches or in some role in our sport. Our new partnership with the Alliance will enable us to make this already successful program even better."