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Alyssa Marschner Selected For Prestigous WBCA Workshop

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: February 06, 2014
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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.

Here are the members of the WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” class of 2014:
Kyra Aloizos, Binghamton University
Amanda Hyde, Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne
Lauren Avant, Rhodes College
Ariana Jackson, East Carolina University
Shawn Barczynski, Albright College
Daniell Jackson, George Washington University
Shayla Bivins, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Misha Jackson, Emory University
Jaterra Bonds, University of Florida
Meredith Kelley, Bates College
Rachele Burns, University of Maine
Jeanne Kenney, Louisiana State University
Danielle Callahan, Boston University
Victoria Lipscome, Oakland University
Selena Castillo, Emory University
Megan Lueck, University of Minnesota- Duluth
Kimee Chandler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Alyssa Marschner, Drake University
Christine Clark, Harvard University
Claire Mattox, Washington College
Lauren Clarke, Brown University
Ti’Asia McGeorge, American University
Haley D’Angelo, Iona College
Maiya Michel, University of Denver
Ashleigh Edwards, North Greenville University
Jessica Moore, Campbell University
Stephanie Edwards, Jacksonville University
Jasmine Motton, Georgetown University
Jonae Ervin, California Polytechnic State University
Amanda Parris, Anderson University (S.C.)
Kastine Evans, University of Kentucky
Hana Potter, Washington State University
Stephanie Glynn, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Emma Purfeerst, Carleton College
Jessica Green, Christian Brothers University
Shelby Romine, Bucknell University
Kayla Griffin, California Polytechnic State University
Margaret Serratelli, Holy Family University
Margeaux Gupilan, University of Buffalo
Taylor Ward, Columbia-Barnard College
Kelsey Harris, Elon University
Meghin Williams, University of Nebraska
Raven Harris, University of Maryland- Baltimore County
Skylar Williams, Bethany College
Jazmin Hill, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Whitney Williams, Oklahoma State University
Kelsey Hogan, University of New Hampshire
Ashley Wilson, University of Colorado
Hailey Houser, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Lauren Wolfinger, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs
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