April 7, 2011
CHICAGO - DePaul golf coach Betty Kaufmann has been selected by the NCAA to attend the Women Coaches Academy later this year in Denver, Colo. Kaufmann is in her 13th season leading the DePaul golf program.
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 academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X's and O's.
In 2002, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) supported an initiative to train, support and retain women coaches. That was the start of the Women Coaches Academy (WCA). To date there have been 21 highly successful sessions of the five-day academies, which are open to any coach from any sport, and any division.
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 will have the opportunity to talk and listen with others to gain support and learn new tools and strategies.
The format of the WCA covers four primary components in philosophy and fundamentals, management skills, communication strategies, and career development over a five-day period. There are 42 available positions in each academy with three academies taking place each calendar year.