Megan Duffy Attends Nike's Villa 7 for Third Straight Year
Associate Head Coach Among Select Group Invited for Mock Interviews
May 19, 2014
BEAVERTON, Ore. - George Washington women's basketball Associate Head Coach Megan Duffy attended Nike's Villa 7 Consortium for the third year in a row. The prestigious conference brings together university athletics directors and the country's elite assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.
The two-day invitation-only seminar took place on May 6-7 at Nike's World Headquarters.
"I am honored to have attended Villa 7 for the third straight year," said Coach Duffy. "The respect I have for Lauren Westendorf of Nike and the University of Minnesota's Norwood Teague, Mike Ellis and Beth Goetz is through the roof. They've invested their time to make young coaches like myself better, and thy present all of us with an unbelievable opportunity to network and grow in our game. I feel an even stronger commitment to bring valuable energy and enthusiasm back to Washington, D.C."
Duffy was one of 22 Division I assistant women's basketball coaches from across the country invited to attend Villa 7, which has seen more than 115 participants combined on both the men's and women's side become head coaches since 2005, including GW Athletics Hall of Famer Lisa Cermignano ('97) and GW men's basketball alumnus Joe Dooley ('88), now the head coaches at Wagner and Florida Gulf Coast, respectively.
GW men's basketball Associate Head Coach Hajj Turner also attended the 2014 Villa 7 Consortium, one of 45 men's assistant coaches invited to the conference, making GW one of just seven schools in the nation with a representative on both the men's and women's side - joining California, Colorado, Gonzaga, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Washington.
The event, which took place in the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus, featured segments from prominent head coaches such as Larry Brown (SMU), Mark Few (Gonzaga) and Shaka Smart (VCU), as well as a "speed dating" session in which the coaches were matched up with athletics directors.
In addition, Duffy was one of just nine of the nation's top assistant coaches - six from the men's side and three from the women's - who were selected to go through interview training prior to the official start of Villa 7.
"We received some great pointers and advice from Mary Ruth Burton from Burton-Fuller Management and also worked with Norwood Teague, Mike Ellis and Beth Goetz in a 30-minute mock interview," Coach Duffy said. "The next day, we watched the filmed interviews and got great feedback from Norwood's team and the other assistant coaches involved in the process."
The next generation of rising head coaches, Villa 7 members comprise the most talented group of men's and women's basketball assistant coaches from the most storied programs in the college ranks. As these elite coaches move closer to their goal of running their own programs, participants are exposed to a variety of topics designed to help ease their transition into the first chair. In addition, athletics directors from across the country participate in programming that is critical to the changing landscape of college athletics. The networking and interaction between athletics directors and rising head coaches at this unique event allows both groups to better position their programs for future success.