June 18, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Middleton was one of 35 head women's basketball coaches to attend the second session of the 2013, invitation only, Center for Coaching Excellence held June 12 on the campus of Columbia University.
Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), The Center for Coaching Excellence provides an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, The Center for Coaching Excellence gives college women's basketball coaches valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.
"With the completion of the sixth session of The Center for Coaching Excellence, another year of this remarkable program is in the books," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "More than 170 coaches of women's basketball have had the opportunity to grow professionally because of their attendance and participation in this two-and-a-half-day workshop. There is nothing like it for the coaches in any other sport. The WBCA is proud to partner with Columbia University in offering this unique experience to our membership."
"Our second session of The Center for Coaching Excellence this year was fabulous," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia University. "Through this wonderful program, we have now had the opportunity to engage nearly 200 college women's basketball coaches, and provide them with a thorough and unique learning experience."
Faculty for the June 10-12 session included Anucha Browne, vice president of women's basketball championships, NCAA; Val Ackerman, strategic consultant, NCAA and faculty, Columbia University School of Continuing Education; Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; John Steinbrecher, commissioner, Mid-American Conference; Marsha Sharp, head women's basketball coach emerita and associate athletic director, Texas Tech University; Stephanie Glance, head women's basketball coach, Columbia University; Muffet McGraw, head women's basketball coach, University of Notre Dame; Matthew Mitchell, head women's basketball coach, University of Kentucky; Bob Bowlsby, commissioner, Big 12 Conference; Rebecca Halstead, brigadier general, U.S. Army (Ret.).