Elliott Takes Part in The Center for Coaching Excellence Program

Head Coach Charity Elliott

June 10, 2013

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NEW YORK - LMU head coach Charity Elliott was among 32 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) member college women's basketball head coaches to attend the first session of the 2013 edition of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) June 3-5 in New York.

The CCE, hosted by Columbia University, is an invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program created in 2011 through a partnership between Columbia and the WBCA. 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 both 2011 and 2012), which has now enriched the lives of more than 140 coaches of women's basketball. The sixth session of CCE, and the final one of 2013, will be held June 10-12.

"I would like to thank the WBCA, the NCAA and Columbia University for inviting me to participate In the Center for Coaching Excellence, said ELliott. "It was absolutely one of the best professional development events that I have ever attended and I look forward to implementing several of the concepts that we discussed. Not only were there fantastic speakers but the content of the course and the opportunity to network with other coaches made this a first-class event in every way."

Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, 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.

"We are so proud to be hosting year three of The Center for Coaching Excellence at Columbia," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia University. "This unique leadership program continues to make a tremendous difference for the sport of college women's basketball and the men and women who lead and coach our student-athletes. It is great to continue our partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the NCAA."

Coaches attending the June 3-5 session included Keith Adams of the University of Texas at El Paso, Karen Aston of the University of Texas, Jennie Baranczyk of Drake University, Tricia Binford of Montana State University, Greg Brown of Lipscomb University, Todd Buchanan of the University of Houston, Jean Marie Burr of Brown University, Dan Burt of Duquesne University, Kevin Cook of Winthrop University, Charity Elliott of Loyola Marymount University, Lori Gear McBride of the University of Vermont, Jen Hoover of Wake Forest University, Cathy Inglese of the University of Rhode Island, Ali Jaques of Siena College, Bobbie Kelsey of the University of Wisconsin, Jodi Kest of the University of Akron, Linda Lappe of the University of Colorado, Kellie Lewis-Jay of Florida Atlantic University, Yolett McPhee-McCuin of Jacksonville University, Nyla Milleson of George Mason University, Lynn Milligan of Rider University, Sherri Murrell of Portland State University, Danielle O'Banion of Kent State University, Bethann Ord of Weber State University, Wendy Palmer of UNC-Greensboro, Aaron Roussell of Bucknell University, Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State University, Nicole Scholl of Binghampton University, Seton Sobolewski of Idaho State University, Todd Starkey of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Joe Tartamella of St. John's University and Bryan Whitten of Mount St. Mary's University.



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