Rice assistant women's swim coach Amanda Caldwell was one of 45 NCAA Division I, II and III coaches who attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) June 15-18 in Englewood, Colo.
The Alliance of Women Coaches sponsored the event and selected the participants for its four days of non-sport specific educational training. The 42nd class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy was balanced by sport, division, position and experience level. Since 2002 the NCAA Committee on Women's Coaching has found it imperative to help educate and retain women coaches in the NCAA ranks.
The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The WCA is designed to give coaches the opportunity to understand their expanding role as a coach, along with perspectives and skills to help them make the most of their situation. In the company and understanding of other coaches, they have the opportunity to talk and listen with others to gain support and learn new tools and strategies.
"The whole thing was transformational and left a huge impact on me," Caldwell said. "I met so many amazing women who inspired me, that I learned from and I had the opportunity to encourage and mentor. I am so grateful for Stacy Mosely and Seth Huston supporting me to go, and for the Alliance reaching out to me to invite me."