GW's Danni Jackson Selected for WBCA's `So You Want To Be A Coach' Program
Grad Student Among 50 Women's Basketball Players Nationally Selected for Program
Feb. 11, 2014
ATLANTA - George Washington graduate student Danni Jackson was one of 50 women's basketball players across the nation selected to participate in the 12th annual WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced last week.
The three-day "So You Want To Be A Coach" workshop will take place from April 4-6 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
"I was very excited when I got the news," Jackson said. "I'm trying to learn as much as I can from everyone and I really wanted this to happen. It was a great feeling when Coach Tsipis told me in front of the whole team and they were so happy for me."
"We are very excited for Danni's selection in the WBCA's `So You Want To Be A Coach' program," said GW head coach Jonathan Tsipis. "Danni has been a leader for our program as our point guard and a great mentor for our younger players. She is an active learner who will benefit from this tremendous opportunity. I am very proud that she is thinking of coaching in her future."
The objectives of the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, to increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, to introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators and to 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.
"The interest in the `So You Want To Be A Coach' program has been phenomenal and we are glad to see the benefits it has had on so many females," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The WBCA continues to improve and develop the program year in and year out and we look forward to seeing these future coaches develop into great leaders for the game of women's basketball."
Participants of the program will learn about recruiting, the administrative side of coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life.
"I hope to gain more knowledge and networking from this workshop," Jackson said. "This is an opportunity to meet new people in the industry and to also create relationships with other basketball players that share the same passion I have."
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach must be an active WBCA member and nominate them. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.