Dec. 4, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I. - First-year Rhode Island rowing coach Shelagh Donohoe was one of only 25 coaches from around the country selected to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy on December 10-14 in Denver, Colorado at the Inverness Conference Center. Donohoe also has been selected to receive the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) travel scholarship to pay for the travel costs to attend the event next week.
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.
"We are very proud of Shelagh since it is such a prestigious honor to be selected to attend the Coaches Academy," said Senior Associate Director of Athletics Lauren Anderson. "It is a great opportunity for coaches to get together and share their ideas and thoughts, while discussing the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis."
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. The academies are open to any coach from any sport, and any division and focus on three main objectives: skill development, retention and mentoring.
This is the second year in a row a member of the Rhode Island Athletics Department has participated in the Academy. Last year, head field hockey coach Stacy Bean and former assistant rowing coach Tina Paniel were nominated to attend the conference.
URI head rowing coach Shelagh Donohoe