Hadley, Mass. - Four Trinity College female student-athletes had an opportunity to learn about coaching, administration, and industry lifestyle when the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) hosted the eighth edition of the NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women on April 1 and 2 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in Westford, Mass. Senior women's soccer and women's basketball captain Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.), senior women's basketball captain Kaitlin Lewis (Demarest, N.J.), senior field hockey captain Mia Olsen (Granby, Conn.), and junior field hockey and women's ice hockey player Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) represented the Bantams at the symposium.
The NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women, organized by the senior woman administrators (SWA) at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in athletics with the help of a grant from the NCAA along with support by the NESCAC institutions. The symposium was most recently conducted in February 2014.
"The NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women is an excellent opportunity for our students, coaches and staff to gather and learn from each other," stated NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage. "The students have a chance to learn about career opportunities in coaching and athletic administration, while our coaches and staff members get to share their expertise in the field and their passion for athletics. We are fortunate to have so many women who have made an impact in collegiate athletics, and this symposium them the opportunity to help educate the next generation of leaders."
The 2017 edition of the symposium featured presentations from head coaches, assistant coaches and senior woman administrators who are passionate and experienced in the coaching field. Former UCLA head softball coach Sue Enquist was a keynote presenter and spoke about the development of Competitive Character in athletes and in oneself as a coach. Enquist, who also moderated the Young Coaches Panel, is an 11-time combined NCAA Champion as a player and a coach and is an internationally known speaker and does popular programs on motivation, teamwork, and leadership.
"II thought that the most beneficial parts of the symposium was listening to the young coaches panel. They were in my shoes very recently so it was extremely helpful to hear what they had to say and get advice from them. I was also able to network with basketball coaches from other NESCAC schools which are invaluable relationships have."
Each attendee was assisted by a campus mentor who helped the student-athlete in her development as a coach and in the job search following graduation should they decide to enter the field of coaching. Notable former Trinity student-athletes who have pursued a career in athletics include current head women's lacrosse coach at Babson College, Michelle Smith '06 and current Wesleyan University assistant softball coach Olivia Berry '14.
"The NESCAC Women's Coaching Symposium was an amazing opportunity to hear from some of the top NESCAC female coaches, both young and veteran, as well as speakers Sue Enquist and Helen Williams, about some of the do's and don'ts of coaching, the unexpected experiences," said Finn. "We learned about the behind-the-scene scenarios both on and off the field that as a player may go unnoticed. The weekend provided me with knowledge about how to transition from player to coach, how to see beyond just talent in a student-athlete, and how to get my foot into the door of the coaching world."