Alyssa Marschner Selected For Prestigous WBCA Workshop
ATLANTA – Drake University women’s basketball senior Alyssa Marschner (Plymouth, Minn.) has been selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to participate in the 12th annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 4-6 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Nashville.
Marschner, a guard, is averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in her final season along with a team-leading 3.6 assists per game. Her assist mark is ranked sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference. She has appeared in 95 games in her career and has dished out 233 assists. She will graduate in May with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Advertising.
The objectives of the “So” program are 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, 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.
“I’m extremely excited because I’m going to be surrounded with other young women that want to pursue women’s collegiate coaching experiences,” said Marschner. “Being able to experience the Final Four will be exciting. It will be the best of both worlds, getting to prepare for my future and to watch the best teams in the country play.”
“So” participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side of coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life.
“I’m very grateful to Coach Baranczyk, Coach Dan (Doerflein) and Drake basketball administrative assistant, Brenda Mohr, for their help along this process to help get me into this prestigious clinic,” Marschner said.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate’s head coach must be an active WBCA member and nominate them. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.
Sponsors for the “So” program are the WBCA and the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials.
About the WBCA
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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