Jan. 23, 2018

ATLANTA - Oakland women's basketball senior Taylor Gleason was selected as a member of the 16th annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" program class in partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches. Gleason is one of just 62 student-athletes from all three NCAA Divisions to be chosen and only the second student-athlete in program history to receive this honor. Victoria Lipscomb was the first in 2014. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop with speakers provided by the Alliance on March 28-30 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

"Taylor is a perfect choice for this honor and she is going to be a great coach after finishing her playing career", said Head Coach Jeff Tungate. "She has a high basketball IQ and a real love for the game. This will be a great experience for her."

The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.

" 'So You Want To Be A Coach' is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 15 years ago," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. " 'So' is the entry point for women's basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, more than 400 former college women's basketball players are currently working as coaches or in some role in our sport. Our new partnership with the Alliance will enable us to make this already successful program even better."

Qualified candidates are selected from a list of nominees who have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. The candidate's head coach must nominate them and be an active WBCA member. Each participant is picked based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.

Members of the 2018 "So You Want To Be A Coach" program class:
Dyandria Anderson - Florida
Ashley Barker -Marietta
Khadijah Berger - Temple
Halie Bergman - Nevada
Camden Boehner - West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Quanetria Bolton - Alabama
Kari Borowiak - Concordia (MI)
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott - Toledo
Ja'Da Brayboy - North Carolina - Asheville
Molly Brown - Southern Mississippi
Brandi Buie - Jacksonville
Shaylen Burnett - Elon
LeTisha Caldwell - Cincinnati Christian
Laura Castaldo - Maryland, Baltimore County
Jasmine Cincore - Nebraska
Emily Clemens - Western Illinois
Caitland Considine - Coker College
Remy Davenport -Truman State
Jenny DeGraaf - North Carolina-Wilmington
Jasmine Demers - Buena Vista
Jillian Dunston - Michigan
Jennifer Dynis - Illinois
Amanda Fioravanti - Saint Joseph's
Maggie Flynn - Flagler College
Danielle Franklin - Valparaiso
Adashia Franklyn - Saint Joseph's
Taylor Gleason - Oakland
Tiara Goode - Coppin State
Brittany Greene - Southern Mississippi
Shelby Holmes - Eastern Nazarene
Cassidy Joyner - Lenoir-Rhyne
Jordan Korinek - Kent State
Mackenzie Latt - Davidson
Hannah Lepaio - Newberry
Laney Lewis - Ursuline
Samantha Lisikatos - State University College at Oneonta
Adebisi Mabodu - North Texas
Kelsey McClure - West Georgia
Lulu McKinney - Texas A&M
Camille McPherson - Moravian College
Jalisa Mitchell - Harris Stowe State
Kolby Morgan - Tulane
Brooke Orcutt - Case Western Reserve
Abby Owings - Thomas More College
Charnelle Reed - Lewis
Chantel Roberts - Chowan
Brianna Rowe - Concordia (MI)
Allison Spaschak - Ithaca
Madeline Staples - Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Ni'ya Styles - Mount Olive
Amani Tatum - Manhattan College
Naqaiyyah Teague - Jacksonville
Sheana Vega - Liberty
Anna Walther - Roger Williams
Monterika Warren - Bethune Cookman
Aries Washington - Missouri - Kansas City
Dominique Williams - UCLA
Emily Wood - Nebraska
Bre Zanders - Lindenwood
Camille Zimmerman - Columbia
Kat Wright - Arizona
Danielle Williams - Michigan




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