FAIRFIELD, CT (June 6, 2012) - Sacred Heart head women's basketball coach Ed Swanson too part in The Center for Coaching Excellence elite leadership program held at Columbia University last month. Swanson was one of 29 head women's basketball coaches to participate in the invitation-only, two-and-a-half day event.
"It was a tremendous honor to be selected for The Center for Coaching Excellence program", commented Swanson, who will begin his 23rd year on the bench at Sacred Heart University in 2012-13. "Columbia University did a remarkable job of putting together a program that provided each coach with a truly valuable professional development experience."
Swanson has led his Pioneers to three Northeast Conference Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament. A 2009 inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, he is a four-time NEC Coach of the Year and is closing in on his 400th career win heading into this season (384).
Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, and the Women's Basketball Coaches Associationa (WBCA), The Center for Coaching Excellence provides an unparralleled, exclusive learning experience for college women's basketball coaches. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics and women's basketball, The Center provides college women's basketball coaches with valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.
The CCE, a joint project of Columbia and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), is an invitation-only, elite leadership program. The inaugural two sessions were held in May and June 2011. To date, 85 college women's basketball coaches have completed the two-and-a-half day curriculum.
Swanson along with 29 other NCAA Division I head coaches completed the program on May 21st through 23rd. Fellow coaches attending the session were Courtney Banghart, Princeton; Lynn Bria, Stetson; Jackie Carson, Furman; Itoro Coleman, Clemson; Kristy Curry, Texas Tech; Matthew Daniel, Central Arkansas; Jill Dunn, Jacksonville; Maria Fantanarosa, Miami (Ohio); Jason Flowers, Cal State Northridge; AnnMarie Gilbert, unaffiliated; Brian Giorgis, Marist; Julie Goodenough, Abilene Christian; Lindsay Gottlieb, California; Kelly Greenberg, Boston U.; Quentin Hillman, Syracuse; Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, Hofstra; Regina Miller, Illinois-Chicago; Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky; Teri Moren, Indiana State; Mike Morris, Samford; Jennifer Mountain, Santa Clara; Dianne Nolan, Lafayette; Jenny Palmateer, Monmouth; Brady Sallee, Eastern Illinois; Marlene Stollings, Winthrop; Gail Striegler, Long Island; Darcie Vincent, Appalachian State; and Altherias Warmley, Alabama A&M.
Cathie T. Siders, a clinical psychologist, organizational consultant and executive coach, facilitated group-learning sessions. Other sessions featured panel discussions from a wide variety of leaders from both the college athletics industry and other sectors of industry.
"The men and women who coach college women's basketball are inquisitive learners who are passionate about being the best leaders for the young women who play for them," said Siders. "The coaches who participated in our program gained valuable tools to succeed in the everyday leadership of their women's basketball programs."