Megan Duffy Invited to Prestigious Villa 7 Consortium
Program for Elite Assistant Coaches Held on Nike Campus in Oregon
May 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's basketball assistant coach Megan Duffy was invited to attend the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium, a program which 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 program, which is a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Sport Leadership, VCU Athletics and Nike that began in 2004, took place on May 9-10 at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore.
"I am truly honored to have been invited to attend Villa 7 at Nike's headquarters in Oregon," Duffy said. "The opportunity to spend time with diverse athletics staffs from around the country was invaluable. The advice given, new ideas shared and commitment to make our game grow in a positive direction really showed in our two-day conference. There is an enormous amount of talent in college athletics, and Nike once again put together great people - both administrators and head coaches - who are willing to help the next generation of leaders in our game.
"The vision of VCU's Mike Ellis and commitment of Nike's Lauren Westendorf made the trip remarkable and a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for me. I am excited to now bring the knowledge and leadership obtained from Villa 7 back to our George Washington women's basketball program."
Duffy joined the Colonials' staff under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis in April after three successful seasons on the sidelines at St. John's University. Duffy helped guide the Red Storm to a 71-28 record, three straight NCAA Tournament appearances - including the 2012 Sweet 16 - and three straight 20-plus win seasons.
Duffy was one of 23 Division I assistant women's basketball coaches from across the country and one of just five from non-BCS schools to be invited to Villa 7, which has seen 83 participants combined on both the men's and women's side become head coaches. Alumni include Dayton head men's coach Archie Miller, Xavier head men's coach Chris Mack, VCU head men's coach Shaka Smart, Temple head women's coach Tonya Cardoza and GW Hall of Famer Lisa Cermignano, who was recently named the head women's coach at Wagner College.
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, athletic directors from across the country participate in programming that is critical to the changing landscape of college athletics. The networking and interaction between athletic directors and rising head coaches at this unique event allows both groups to better position their programs for future success.
2012 Villa 7 Women's Basketball Attendees
Tempie Brown, Michigan State University
Tasha Butts, Louisiana State University
Mark Campbell, Oregon State University
Fred Castro, University of Tulsa
Kia Damon, Penn State University
Mike Divilbiss, University of Illinois
Megan Duffy, George Washington University
Kia Felton, University of California
Megan Gebbia, Marist College
Darrick Gibbs, University of Miami
Candice Jackson, Duke University
Jody Kaczor-Berry, Gonzaga University
Sean Kelly, University of Portland
Carolyn Kieger, University of Miami
Patrick Klein, Ohio State University
Mike Leflar, Boston University
Mike Neighbors, University of Washington
Chelsea Newton, Rutgers University
Tony Perotti, Louisiana State University
Tasha Pointer, Rutgers University
Charmin Smith, University of California
Keila Whittington, University of Oregon
Malikah Willis, West Virginia University
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