ATLANTA – A pair of Jacksonville University women's basketball players were selected to participate in the 16th Annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, offered by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches, as announced by the WBCA Monday. Dolphin seniors Brandi Buie and Naqaiyyah Teague will join 60 of their peers March 28-30 for a three-day workshop held in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
"As a 'So' alum, I am forever grateful for the opportunity and knowledge that the program granted me. I know that it will be a springboard for our young ladies' coaching careers and I am glad that they will join a great sisterhood," exclaimed Dolphin head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.
A four-year fixture on the floor for the Dolphins, Buie recently became the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 points. The Tampa, Fla. native currently leads the team with 3.0 assists per game and is second averaging 12.3 points per game.
In her first season with the Dolphins, Teague ranks second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game and is fourth with 7.1 PPG. Hailing from Newark, N.J., Teague joined the Dolphins after spending her first three seasons at UNC-Wilmington.
Participants are selected from a list of nominees who have completed their final year of eligibility at a four-year institution or graduated in the past year. Along with their head coach's nomination and written letter of recommendation, candidates are chosen based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, and professional resume.
According to the WBCA website, the "So" program aims to "increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball."
Additional elements of the "So" program include hearing from speakers provided by the Alliance, opportunities for professional development and career networking, learning about the administrative aspects of coaching, recruiting, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.
In its 15-year history, the WBCA's "So" program has graduated 814 participants with over half (54 percent) currently working at various levels of women's or girls' basketball. With 53 of those graduates serving as head coaches, five lead NCAA Division I programs. Furthermore, three are in Division II, 11 in Division III, one in the NAIA, four at the two-year college level, and 29 lead high school programs.