TOWSON, Md. - Coaches are always looking for new ideas and ways to help make their teams better. On June 15-16 Towson University field hockey coach Michelle Webber had a chance to take in some new ideas at the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in Denver, Col.
The Women's Coaches Academy works with coaches on skill development, retention and mentoring. According to Webber the event covered various topics and issues that occur in the coaching profession. Its overall purpose was to provide career development, a forum for networking for female coaches as well as support since there has been a huge decline in the number of NCAA female coaches.
Webber applied and had to be selected to attend the event, as there are just three NCAA Women's Coaches Academies held throughout the year.
"It was amazing event as it included coaches from a variety of NCAA sports," said Webber. "There were coaches from cross country, skiing, golf, volleyball, track, field hockey and swimming and diving teams."
Webber added, "It was great meeting these coaches who came from all over the country including Hawaii."
It is difficult to just pick one thing as the most important thing she learned Webber explained.
"However, the importance of protecting Title XI resonated throughout the Academy, as this very important law forever changed the American culture not only in sports but in higher education," said Webber.
Webber said the Academy provided her with a new perspective on coaching and some new ideas, a few ideas of which she plans to implement with her team this coming season.
"Most importantly it provided another network of support as well as continued education through the Alliance of Women Coaches," said Webber.
Tiger fans will get a chance to see Webber apply some of her new ideas in August when the field hockey team kicks off its 2012 season.