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Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk Attends Elite WBCA Event At Columbia University

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: June 10, 2013
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NEW YORK – Drake University head coach Jennie Baranczyk attended the first session of the 2013 edition of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) last week, as 32 WBCA-member college women's basketball coaches completed the invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program hosted by Columbia University.

Created in 2011 through a partnership between Columbia and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, 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 both 2011 and 2012), which has now enriched the lives of more than 140 coaches of women’s basketball.

“It was a great, unique experience for me to help enhance our game,” said Baranczyk. “All levels and areas of women’s basketball were represented. We discussed ideas to help programs get involved in each of our communities as well as building relationships and the most important aspect of how to mentor the young women we coach.”

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.

“To sit down with my peers and have group discussions and to listen to different speakers was great,” said Baranczyk. “We talked a lot about leading with integrity, which fits with what we are doing here at Drake. Having the event at an outstanding university was unbelievable. To have a certificate from Columbia is pretty cool.”

Coaches attending the June 3-5 session with Baranczyk included Keith Adams of the University of Texas at El Paso, Karen Aston of the University of Texas, 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 Binghamton 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.

The faculty for the June 3-5 session of CCE included Anucha Browne, vice president of women’s basketball championships, NCAA; Val Ackerman, strategic consultant, NCAA and faculty, Columbia University School of Continuing Education; Rich Ensor, commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Jeffrey H. Orleans, consultant, Alden and Associates; Jody Conradt, dean women’s basketball coach emerita, University of Texas; Stephanie Glance, head women’s basketball coach, Columbia University; Jim Jabir, head women’s basketball coach, University of Dayton; outgoing WBCA President Charli Turner Thorne, head women’s basketball coach, Arizona State University; Jim Delany, commissioner, Big Ten Conference; and Rebecca Halstead, brigadier general, US Army (Ret.).

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.

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