Megan Duffy Attends Nike's Villa 7 for Second Straight Year
Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis Speaks on `Young Guns' Panel
May 20, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - George Washington women's basketball Associate Head Coach Megan Duffy was invited to attend Nike's Villa 7 Consortium for the second 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 May 9-10 at the University of Minnesota.
"Villa 7 is an invaluable experience," said Coach Duffy. "To be able to listen to head coaches who just finished their first year, as well as veteran coaches like Duke's Joanne P. McCallie and Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell, gives you different candid perspectives of what it takes to be successful."
Duffy was one of 28 Division I assistant women's basketball coaches from across the country and one of just three from non-BCS schools invited to Villa 7, which has seen 105 participants combined on both the men's and women's side become head coaches in the program's 10 years.
"To get invited back for a second straight year is a tremendous honor," added Coach Duffy. "The opportunity to continue to spend time with athletics directors from across the country and learn about the landscape of college women's basketball was tremendous. I want to thank Nike's Lauren Westendorf and the University of Minnesota's Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis for the opportunity they have given aspiring head coaches to learn and grow. I look forward to bringing back the knowledge I gained to our program here at GW as we start our second year."
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.
In addition, GW Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis was asked to speak at the conference on the `Young Guns' panel, along with VCU's Marlene Stollings, who also recently completed her first season at the helm. Tsipis and Stollings spoke about the interview process and the successes and challenges they each faced in their first year as head coach.
"The commitment Nike has made to GW women's basketball and to the sport of women's basketball as a whole has been remarkable," said Coach Tsipis. "The opportunity to pay it forward to future head coaches was once in a lifetime."
Coach Tsipis was also able to sit in on other sessions, including the veteran coaches panel, as well as The Changing Landscape of College Athletics with Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade.
"It was great to have other people see the great direction and leadership in the A-10," said Coach Tsipis. "We got an understanding of where women's basketball is and where it needs to go."