June 10, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Bobbie Kelsey, the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin, was one of 32 members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to attend a session of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) at Columbia University. Kelsey attended the two-and-a-half day elite leadership program from June 3-5.
Created in 2011 through a partnership between Columbia and the WBCA, and funded in part through a grant from the NCAA, the CCE provides an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience for attendees. This marked the fifth session of the program (two sessions were previously held in 2011 and 2012), which has now enriched the lives of more than 140 coaches of women's basketball.
"I learned so much about myself through The Center for Coaching Excellence," remarked Kelsey. "I thought I knew a lot about communication and through this program, I realized my areas for improvement and exactly how vital communication is to maximizing your student-athletes' potential.
“The Center for Coaching Excellence was enlightening. Knowing yourself and your personal communication style is so important. Every head women's basketball coach, particularly the coaches that are first-time head coaches, should have an opportunity to attend The Center for Coaching Excellence."
Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University and utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, the CCE gives college women's basketball coaches valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.
Dr. Cathie T. Siders, a clinical psychologist, organizational consultant and executive coach, facilitated group-learning sessions. Other sessions featured panel discussions from a wide variety of leaders from both the college athletics industry and other sectors of industry.