Inglese, Villucci, Lizzi Selected for NCAA Women's Coaches Academy

May 25, 2010

About the Coaches Academy

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Three University of Rhode Island coaches have been selected to participate in the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.

Head women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese and head women's tennis coach Val Villucci will attend one of the summer sessions, held from June 2-6 in Denver or June 10-14 in Atlanta.

Assistant rowing coach Jessica Lizzi will attend the Dimension 2 NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in late May in Boston. The Dimension 2 academy is open to those coaches who have graduated from NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.

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 fifteen 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.\