FAIRFIELD, CONN. (July 2, 2014)—Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Head Coach Jessica Mannetti recently attended the 2014 Center for Coaching Excellence, which concluded on June 11, at Columbia University. Mannetti was one of 36 collegiate women's basketball coaches that completed the invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program.
"It was an honor to be invited to attend the Center for Coaching Excellence," said Mannetti. "The program really challenged me as a coaching professional to take an in depth look at my coaching style and effectiveness as a leader and how to continue to improve and grow in these areas. In addition, the CCE provided a platform to network with some of the best in the business and I came back to Sacred Heart with a dynamite perspective of the bigger picture of what women's basketball is truly about!
Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, and the WBCA, The Center for Coaching Excellence provides an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, The Center for Coaching Excellence gives college women's basketball coaches valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.
"I left Columbia University feeling invigorated and excited as I enter my second year here at Sacred Heart and send my deepest thanks to Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Dr. Cathie T. Sider, Columbia University and the WBCA for conducting this invaluable program!" exclaimed Mannetti.
Attending this year's session were Laura Beeman, University of Hawaii; Claudette Charney, Hillsdale College; Debra Clark, Norfolk State University; Kerry Cremeans, University of Denver; Jacques Curtis, Shaw University; Brooks Donald Williams, McNeese State University; Edgar Farmer Jr., Wofford College; Kendra Faustin, Niagara University; Megan Gebbia, American University; Billi Godsey, Iona College; Tanya Haave, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Bunky Harkleroad, Sacramento State University; Brandan Harrell, Georgia Highlands College; Chris Kielsmeier, Wayne State College; Brenda Mock Kirkpatick, University of North Carolina-Asheville; Micele Koclanes, Dartmouth College; Erica Lang-Montgomery, Flagler College; Jessica Mannetti, Sacred Heart University; Deont'a McChester, Claflin University; Michael McGuire, Radford University; Joye McNelis, University of Southern Mississippi; Katie Meier, University of Miami; Lisa Mispley Fortier, Gonzaga University; Elizabeth Naumovski, Queens College; Brian Neal, Xavier University; Cameron Newbauer, Belmont University; Harry Perretta, Villanova University; Jamie Pewinski, Saginaw Valley State University; Chanda Rigby, Troy University; Tarrell Robinson, North Carolina A&T State; Scott Rueck, Oregon State University; Audra Smith, Clemson University; Phil Stern, University Maryland, Baltimore County; Christy Thomaskutty, Emory University; Christine Vozab, Georgia Southern University; and Ryan Weisenberg, Pepperdine University.
Faculty of the 2014 Center for Coaching Excellence included Val Ackerman, commissioner, Big East Conference; Dick Baddour, athletics director emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Rich Ensor, commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Bernadette V. McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Jody Conradt, head women's basketball coach emerita, University of Texas; Terri Williams-Flournoy, head women's basketball coach, Auburn University; Brian Giorgis, head women's basketball coach, Marist College; Stephanie Glance, head women's basketball coach, Columbia University; Dr. Brent Walker, associate athletics director for championship performance, Columbia University; Muffet McGraw, head women's basketball coach, University of Notre Dame; Marsha Sharp, associate athletics director for special projects and head women's basketball coach emerita, Texas Tech University; Joe Tartamella, head women's basketball coach, St. John's University; and General Rebecca Halstead, U.S. Army (retired).