NCAA Women Coaches Academy

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA), hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a multi-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels. The WCA 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. Participants will focus on non-sport specific concepts in an environment that fosters inclusion across the sports community. The Academy is for women coaches at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions. Since the first WCA session in 2003, 50 Academies have taken place, producing more than 1,900 graduates.

**Applications are now closed**

2022 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Date

May 24-26, 2022 
Denver, CO

2022 Class #51 Participants
Taylor Anderson Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Dawn Barnes South Carolina State University
Kristin Bourne The College of Saint Scholastica
Noelle Brouillard Whitworth University
Sarah Brown Penn State University
Jackie Bruno Cal Poly Pomona
Kelsey Christensen Providence College
Pietie Coetzee-Turner University of Massachusetts
Jill Conroy Stevens Institute of Technology
Chrissi Ekhomu North Central College
Lucienne Ford Brandeis University
Whitney Frary St. Olaf College
Emma Gerhold Loyola University (MD)
Jacquelyn Gnassi Stevens Institute of Technology
Nicole Graham Clark Atlanta University
Jackie Guillemette Bentley University
Maya Hayes University of Minnesota
Zoe Herrera Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Ashley Johnson Clark Atlanta University
Ka’lia Johnson Longwood University
Mary Johnston Macalester College
Lela Knight Randolph College
Olivia Leavitt Colgate University
Beth Lebel University of New Mexico
Mallikah Little Ole Miss
Maria Lopez Boise State University
Lindsay Mapes Oberlin College
Molly Marrin Regis University
Courtney Materazzi Cal State Monterey Bay
Abby McClure Hartwick College
Kaitlin Nielsen University of Kansas
Camise Patterson Florida A&M University
Stephanie Perez San Francisco State
Cassi Pickett Lynn University
Emily Powers Belmont Abbey College
Margot Royer-Johnson Providence College
Emily Scheese CSU Maritime Academy
Leslie Smith Providence College
Donika Sutton Tennessee State University
Tara Turner Clark Atlanta University
TaCho Tyler Prairie View A&M University
Jess Weiss Randolph-Macon College
Kayla Wilhelm Randolph College
Kaye Zoolakis Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College
Application Requirements for the NCAA WCA
  • You must be a current woman coach, strength-conditioning coach, or director of operations of an NCAA Division I, II, or III sponsored-sport or emerging sport.
  • You must be a current WeCOACH member. Not a member? Sign up today!
  • If you are a current member and haven’t created an account in our new membership platform, please click here before applying to create your account.
Cost to Attend the NCAA WCA
  • $650*
  • 2 nights hotel, all meals/snacks and training materials included
  • Each coach is responsible for round trip travel to/from Denver, including ground transportation to/from the hotel. Once on-site, no vehicle is needed. All sessions are held on-site.

*NCAA grant funding covers all other additional costs associated with attendance at the NCAA Women Coaches Academy

2023 Academy Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships available! CLICK HERE for more information.

Interested in naming an Academy scholarship after a coach who has impacted your life? HERE’S HOW!

What Coaches Are Saying About Attending the NCAA WCA

My time at the NCAA Women Coaches Academy was refreshing, rejuvenating, eye-opening, humbling, and informative. I can’t begin to explain how those four days have reinforced and re-calibrated my desire to be a self-reflective practitioner. I formed new friendships, found mentors, and made connections with young women that I’m looking forward to supporting and serving as they move forward in their careers. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy exposes participants to an abundance of knowledge. I walked away from the Academy a more powerful and informed person. I’m better equipped to advocate for myself and my program. I am more confident in my abilities to be a champion for women sports. The WCA is a must for any self-reflective coach who wishes to further fine tune her abilities to advocate for women sports. My participation in the Academy has helped me not simply be a better coach, but a better coworker, mother, spouse, and person in general!
 – E.A. Jackson, Towson University, Head Field Hockey Coach, WCA #43

WeCOACH and the WCA was a transformative, enlightening, and empowering experience. During my time in Denver I learned more about myself, gained tools to better serve me as a coach and person, but most importantly was empowered by my classmates thoughts and experiences. I left WCA Class 46 with enormous waves of gratitude and a fire burning in me to be a better coach, colleague, and person. It takes a village to do what we do as coaches and I am grateful to be a part of the WeCOACH village! Thank you WeCOACH and the WCA!” .
 – Lara-Jane Que, Bowdoin College, Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach, WCA #46

The WCA creates an inclusive environment for dedicated coaches and leaders to gather together with the combined purpose of connection, growth, and renewal. The intensive workshops, inspirational speakers, and access to professional services provide valuable resources while also providing insight to aspects of the profession that are unique to women. Additionally, the Academy reinforces the importance of student-athletes having strong female role models and opening doors for young women who dream of being a coach or holding other leadership positions.
 – Juli Fulks, Transylvania University, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, WCA #41

I cannot express enough how much the Academy meant to me, taught me, challenged me, and inspired me. I am so grateful for that opportunity and experience and very motivated to take action. I get excited every time I think about the Academy and the knowledge and insight I gleaned from it, and I’m eager to delve deeper into the topics covered, further educate myself, and incorporate much of what I learned into my coaching and daily life. I’m looking forward to staying involved with everything WeCOACH has to offer, and I thank you again for your energy and passion for providing ways for coaches like myself to grow. This is truly one special group of women, and I am so grateful to be a part of it.
 – Casey Jo MacPherson, U. of Missouri, Gymnastics, Assoc Head Coach, WCA #47

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy gave me the confidence and reassurance that my current career path is the path I’m meant to trailblaze. The professional and personal growth I took out of the 4 valuable days has made a direct impact on who I want to be as a coach, but more importantly a woman empowering other women. I’ve never had a more clear vision for myself and that wouldn’t have been possible without the WCA and the fellow female coaches I connected with.
 – Alyssa O’Donnell, U. of Minnesota, Rowing, Assistant Coach, WCA #42

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy challenged me to grow in my coaching philosophy, management strategies, and interpersonal skills. Learning how to better communicate with our athletes, coaches, and administration has been fundamental to my coaching success. The WCA introduced me to a network of mentors and to the WeCOACH team members who are equally invested in my continued success. The impact of the WCA in my life transcends the four-day training seminar itself. The challenges endured, lessons learned, and friendships created during the training of Class #45 continue to inspire me to choose to become a better coach every day. I am very grateful for having experienced the WCA!”
 – April Sanchez, University of New Mexico, Assistant Volleyball Coach, WCA #45

Program Curriculum and Overview

1) Skills Development
To provide women coaches with educational development in areas outside the specifics of their sport. Topics include leadership, management strategies, decision-making, conflict resolution, ethics, interviewing skills, legal issues, communication tactics and much more.

2) Retention and Advancement
To empower women coaches to remain in the coaching profession and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. We aim to expand your knowledge, perspective and skill base, allowing you to gain confidence and determination to set career goals, become more competent and attain career longevity.

3) Connection and Collaboration
To provide a framework for interaction and connection between women in all aspects of athletics, all sports and across all levels – from peers to experts, head coaches to assistant coaches, experienced to inexperienced levels. When like-minded, passionate women come together in a collective, educational environment, networking turns into collaboration and mentoring, and everyone benefits.

Are You an NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduate and Want to Attend NCAA Academy 2.0?

NCAA Academy 2.0 is now available for all NCAA Women Coaches Academy graduates. 
May 23-25, 2022
Learn more

Not an NCAA Coach, But Want to Attend?

Not an NCAA coach, but want to attend the Academy? 

You may Pay Your Way to the WCA for full tuition cost of $2650 plus travel. This is offered first-come, first-served and based on availability. Any woman coach, from any level, is eligible to Pay Your Way. For questions or to Pay Your Way, contact us.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations subject to a 15% non-refundable administration fee.  Cancellation requests received more than sixty (60) days prior to the event are eligible for a full refund less administration fee.  Cancellation requests received thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to the event are eligible for a 50% refund less administration fee. Cancellation requests made within thirty (30) days prior to the event are non-refundable and may not be applied to future event registrations, no exceptions.  Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Please contact us with your request.

The WeCOACH Impact Award

2021 WeCOACH Impact Award Winner: Whitney Edwards

The WeCOACH Impact Award Recognizes a member of the Academy class who leads by example with an elevated, selfless commitment to the encouragement of other’s success and an unwavering dedication to their own personal and professional achievement. This award is granted via nomination by fellow classmates.

The 2021 WeCOACH Impact Award winner from NCAA WCA #50:
Whitney Edwards, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
The College of St. Rose