WeCOACH is proud to offer Academy Scholarships to a limited number of NCAA Women Coaches Academy participants each year to help offset expenses. Full and partial Academy scholarships are outlined below. Scholarship recipients are selected from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy applicant pool based on financial need, compelling Academy application responses, and satisfying the eligibility criteria specified by the donor (if applicable).
Attention WeCOACH Donors! Please help us fund full and/or partial Academy Scholarships to send a current woman coach to our Academy cost-free. Donors may name the scholarship in honor or memory of a woman coach or male ally coach who has impacted your life (see “Legacy Coach Academy Scholarships” below). If desired, the scholarship may be earmarked for a woman coach in a specific sport to attend the Academy. The goal is to fund these Academy Scholarship opportunities in perpetuity. Monthly payment plans are available. After payment is submitted, complete this form. If you have questions or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WeCOACH Academy Scholarships
These scholarships cover partial expenses & annual WeCOACH membership dues.
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Our partner Hudl, has generously provided full tuition scholarships for five women coaches of color from HBCU institutions to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. These scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships includes a one-year WeCOACH membership.
Recipients will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.
You must be a woman of color who is a coach, strength-conditioning coach, or director of operations at an HBCU institution.
Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship created in memory of Brianna Barry, who was an assistant volleyball coach at George Washington University, and a 2016 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduate, will be awarded annually to an assistant woman volleyball coach at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. The memorial scholarship includes full tuition and a travel stipend.
The recipient will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.
Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship
The partial scholarship, presented in partnership with the Natasha Watley Foundation (NWF) and the Glasco Family, is awarded to a woman assistant softball coach in the first five years of her career at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level.
The recipient will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.
Legacy Coach Academy Scholarships
These Tribute scholarships cover Academy tuition, hotel, air travel (up to $500), meals, & annual WeCOACH membership dues.
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In Honor of Coach Sandy Barbour
Sandy Barbour is one of the most reputable Athletic Directors ever to serve within intercollegiate athletics. Her legacy of impact began as a Women’s Field Hockey Coach and finished as one of the most influential female leaders in all of sport. Along the way, with stops at Northwestern, Tulane, Notre Dame, Cal, and Penn State, Barbour has been etching her legacy and supporting women in college athletics at every level. Whether it was her student-athletes in the classroom and on their competitive battlegrounds, or advancing administrators to the highest levels of leadership, Sandy has enthusiastically supported all who surrounded her and epitomized the ideals of a servant leader. This Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship is in honor of Sandy who has been recognized by numerous entities with accolades such as the SBJ Athletic Director of the Year, SI’s List of Most Powerful, Influential and Most Outstanding Women in Sport, Forbes Top 25 Powerful People in College Sports, and NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year. WeCOACH is proud to offer an Academy scholarship in honor of a woman who started it all as a Coach! (Teresa Gould, scholarship donor, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner, 2022 WeCOACH Board of Directors President)
The Sandy Barbour Academy Scholarship may be awarded to a collegiate woman coach in any sport who demonstrates the same ideals as the description of Sandy outlined above.
In Honor of Coach Marlene Bjornsrud
In Honor of Coach Linda Dollar
This Legacy Coach Scholarship is in honor of long-time Missouri State University volleyball coach, the legendary, Linda Dollar. With a career record of 758-266-21 in 24 seasons at Missouri State, Linda Dollar ranked second at the end of her coaching days on the all-time list for wins in women’s college volleyball history. She became the first women’s collegiate volleyball coach to reach 700 career victories in 1992. In 24 seasons, she took Missouri State to 20-win seasons on 20 occasions. Dollar was named the 1986 and 1990 Gateway Coach of the Year and the 1993 MVC Coach of the Year. Dollar guided MSU to six finishes among the nation’s top-10. Linda Dollar has served as a leader and mentor to many women involved in all areas of sport today. I was honored to play volleyball under Linda and have benefited from her wisdom throughout my career. She gave me the passion for coaching and inspired me to care about people, support women coaches, and to give back to the sport. (Dr. Cecile Reynaud, scholarship donor, retired women’s volleyball coach & former WeCOACH President).
This Linda Dollar Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be given to a collegiate coach in any sport who inspires others to remain people-centered, supportive, and continually gives back to their sport.
In Honor of Coach Jo Evans
This Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship is in honor of Hall of Fame Softball Coach Jo Evans, who is an exceptional softball coach and servant leader. Evans’ success began early at the University of Utah where she led the Utes to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) as a player and again as a head coach. Greatness followed with a career that has included over 1,300 wins, 22 NCAA postseason appearances and 3 more trips to the WCWS. She ranks 11th in all-time NCAA wins for softball. Beyond the hardware and accolades, Jo Evans’ lasting legacy is her selfless spirit and countless inspiration given to all of the student-athletes she has led along the way. Undeniably considered one of the most humble and gracious coaches by her peers, Jo Evans positively embodies the WeCOACH mantra: WeTEACH. WeINSPIRE. WeMOTIVATE. WeLEAD. (Samantha Huge, scholarship donor, RealResponse Executive Vice President of Collegiate Partnerships, 2023 WeCOACH Board of Directors President)
The Coach Jo Evans Academy Scholarship may be awarded to a collegiate woman softball coach who demonstrates the same ideals as the description of Coach Evans outlined above.
In Memory of Coach Cathy Inglese
Cathy was the head women’s basketball coach for 27 years at Vermont, Boston College and the University of Rhode Island. Her relentless drive as a coach and person made her unforgettable for everyone who played and worked with her. I worked with Cathy for 10 years and she was also a mentor for many more. (Pam Borton, scholarship donor, CEO & Founder of ON Point: Next Level Leadership, WeCOACH Board of Directors member)
This Cathy Inglese Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be given to a collegiate basketball coach who is driven, passionate, has the love of the game and someone who gives of themselves to their teams and program like Cathy did.
In Honor of Coach Cecile Reynaud
Dr. Cecile Reynaud was the head women’s volleyball coach at Florida State University for 26 years and a faculty member in Sport Management for 14 years. Currently, Dr. Reynaud serves as the Vice President of Volleyball Operations for the Pro Volleyball Federation. One glance at her résumé and its clear why Reynaud has been inducted into 5 Halls of Fame, and in 2016, she was honored with the “Friar Award,” USA Volleyball’s highest award. A life-long learner, leader, and advocate for advancing women to the highest levels of sport, she has served in numerous national and international coaching and administrative leadership positions including: the USA Volleyball and AVCA Board of Directors, World ParaVolley Judicial Commission, 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, 2012 Paralympic Games (USA Volleyball Women’s Sitting Team) and many more. She is a founding member and served as the President of the WeCOACH Board of Directors. Dr. Reynaud has published several books, including Winning Ways of Women Coaches, released in May 2022 featuring chapters authored by 20 of the world’s most remarkable women coaches—Cecile generously donated all proceeds to WeCOACH. Reynaud attended Missouri State University where she played volleyball and field hockey. (Chrissy Barber, COO of All Pro Landscaping, scholarship donor.)
This Cecile Reynaud Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be awarded to a collegiate woman coach in any sport who gives tirelessly of their time and talents to not only advance their sport, but also empowers women like Coach Reynaud continues to do.
In Honor of Coach Sue Semrau
Coach Sue Semrau, FSU’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and 2015 National Coach of the Year, retired in March 2022 after 25 successful years at the helm. At the time of her retirement, Sue had two of her former players coaching on her staff (Brooke Wyckoff & Morgan Toles), and Coach Wyckoff was named Sue’s successor—someone Sue mentored since her playing days at FSU from 1997-2001. While she did a lot of winning at FSU, Coach Sue’s legacy will forever be cemented for how she treated people, united the Tallahassee community, and has inspired so many former players, graduate assistants, and managers to pursue the coaching profession. The “coaching tree” Sue has grown and cultivated is truly remarkable! Coach Sue also coached WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs from 1997-2001, and this scholarship is dedicated in Coach Sue’s honor on behalf of all former players and staff whom she has positively impacted.
This Sue Semrau Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be awarded to a collegiate woman coach in any sport who unites people and gives of themselves to their family, team, institution, and community like Coach Sue continues to do.
In Honor of Coach Marian E. Washington
Marian E. Washington and women’s basketball at the University of Kansas are synonymous. Marian left a lasting legacy at KU having coached for 31 seasons. She was also the first Women’s Athletics Director at the University from 1974-79. Marian led the Jayhawks to several AIAW tournaments, 11 NCAA Tournaments, seven conference championships, six conference tournament titles, and two Sweet Sixteen appearances. Marian was a great coach, mentor, and trailblazer. She was the first African-American woman to serve as head coach for a U.S. International team, guiding the 1982 U.S. Select team to a silver medal in Taiwan; and the first African-American woman selected as a member of an Olympic women’s basketball staff serving as an assistant coach on the 1996 gold medal-winning team. As we celebrate 50 years of Title IX, I can’t help but reflect on being one of Marian’s first scholarship recipients. Marian fought for us and all of the women’s athletic programs at KU. She made a real impact on my life and taught me how to be a leader, be competitive, and be strong. We are honored to provide a Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship in her name. (Kevin & Adrian Newell Charitable Gift Fund, scholarship donor).
This Marian E. Washington Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be awarded to an African American collegiate women’s basketball coach.