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, 46 Academies have taken place, producing more than 1,700 graduates. Not an NCAA coach, find out how you can still attend.

The resounding theme that coaches share with us after each Academy is how much they reaped from CONNECTING with other coaches from across the country, levels, and sports!
There will be no Fall session in 2019
Applications for the 2020 NCAA Women Coaches Academies will open November 2019


2020 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Dates (all sessions held in Denver, CO)
May 27-30, 2020 (WCA #49)
June 24-27, 2020 (WCA #50)

Find out what our WCA grads are saying

  • You must be a woman coach of an NCAA Division I, II, III sponsored-sport or emerging sport, or a strength-conditioning coach of an NCAA program.
  • 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, then you are not eligible to attend the WCA. However, we created a next level Academy just for you! Learn more about Academy 2.0.

  • Each coach is responsible for paying $750 of the tuition. The remainder of the tuition cost covering hotel, meals, and training materials is generously provided through an NCAA grant.
  • Each coach is responsible for her travel to and from Denver, including ground transportation to/from the hotel.



Academy 2.0 is now available for NCAA WCA graduates.
Learn more

Want to bypass the waitlist? Not an NCAA coach but want to attend? Missed the deadline to apply? You need the WCA Now?

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 is eligible to Pay Your Way. For questions or to Pay Your Way, contact us.

WCA Program Overview & Curriculum

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. As a participant, you will learn non-sport-specific coaching skills that go way beyond the Xs and Os. In the company and understanding of your peers, you will have the opportunity to bond with, teach and learn from each other.

You must be a WeCOACH member to apply for the WCA.

The WCA has three objectives:

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

2) Retention
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 success.

3) Mentoring & 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 and pioneers. WCA classes are made up of the most dedicated NCAA women coaches from across the country. When success-minded women come together in a collective, educational environment, networking turns into collaboration and mentoring, and everyone benefits.

The WeCOACH Impact Award

2019 WeCOACH Impact Winner- Mariah Dunham

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
Finlandia University

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.