NCAA Women Coaches Academy
The NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA), hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a 4-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, 48 Academies have taken place, producing more than 1,800 graduates.
Application period closed for 2020 NCAA WCA sessions
MARCH 18 UPDATE:
For anyone who received communication from the NCAA national office yesterday, or were forwarded the information from your AD, SWA or sport administrator, regarding national office operations, it listed several NCAA events which have been canceled or moved to virtual gatherings. Please note, the Basketball Coaches Academy is a separate event. At this time, the NCAA Women Coaches Academy sessions remain as scheduled.
MARCH 15 UPDATE:
In an effort to be proactive, the WeCOACH staff is continuing to monitor the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak as it could potentially impact the upcoming sessions of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and NCAA Academy 2.0. We are in touch with the NCAA and are monitoring the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Presently, we intend to hold all sessions of the Academies as scheduled.
- NCAA WCA #49 (May 27-30, 2020)
- NCAA Academy 2.0 #5 (May 27-30, 2020)
- NCAA WCA #50 (June 24-27, 2020)
We will continue to make decisions based on the recommendations of the appropriate medical authorities, the NCAA advisory panel and staff with the health and safety of our attendees and presenters in mind. We do not have a timetable for when, or if, a decision to cancel might be determined. Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak severity and length, we are doing all we can to stay abreast of the latest developments. We will promptly communicate any changes via email and post important updates here.
Currently, our cancellation policy remains in effect.
NCAA COVID-19 resources
2020 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Dates
May 27-30, 2020
June 24-27, 2020
All sessions are held in Denver, CO
Requirements to Apply for NCAA WCA
- You must be a female 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 WeCOACH member (or become a member) to be eligible for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. Learn more about membership options. Not sure if your membership is current? Login to your account or contact us.
- You must be available to attend the entire Academy, no exceptions (begins at 2:00pm MT on arrival day; concludes at 1:00pm MT on final day).
If you have already attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy we have created a next level Academy just for you! Learn more about Academy 2.0.
Cost to Attend the NCAA WCA
- 3 nights hotel, all meals/snacks, and training materials are included
- Each coach is responsible for roundtrip travel to/from Denver, including ground transportation to/from the hotel. Once on-site, no vehicle is needed. All sessions are held on-site.
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, Idaho State, Assistant Volleyball Coach, WCA #45
Program Curriculum and Overview
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 27-30, 2020
Not an NCAA Coach, But Want to Attend?
Want to bypass the waitlist? Not an NCAA coach, but want to attend? Missed the deadline to apply, but want to attend?
You may Pay Your Way to the WCA for full tuition cost of $2,750. This is offered first-come, first-served and based on availability. Any female coach, from any level, is eligible to Pay Your Way. For questions or to Pay Your Way, contact us.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND 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
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 2019 WeCOACH Impact Award winner from NCAA WCA #48:
Mariah Dunham, Head Women’s Basketball Coach