Eighth NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women Set for April

HADLEY, Mass. – Female student-athletes from the eleven member institutions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will have an opportunity to learn about coaching, administration, and industry lifestyle when the conference hosts the eighth edition of the NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women this spring.

The two-day symposium will take place from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 2 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in Westford, Mass.

The NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women, organized by the senior woman administrators (SWA) at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in athletics with the help of a grant from the NCAA along with support by the NESCAC institutions. The symposium was most recently conducted in February 2014.

"The NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women is an excellent opportunity for our students, coaches and staff to gather and learn from each other," stated NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage. "The students have a chance to learn about career opportunities in coaching and athletic administration, while our coaches and staff members get to share their expertise in the field and their passion for athletics. We are fortunate to have so many women who have made an impact in collegiate athletics, and this symposium them the opportunity to help educate the next generation of leaders."

The 2017 edition of the symposium will feature presentations from head coaches, assistant coaches and senior woman administrators who are passionate and experienced in the coaching field. Former UCLA head softball coach Sue Enquist will be a keynote presenter and will talk about the development of Competitive Character in athletes and in oneself as a coach. Enquist will also moderate the Young Coaches Panel, and is sure to inspire. Enquist, an 11-time combined NCAA Champion as a player and a coach, is an internationally known speaker and does popular programs on motivation, teamwork, and leadership.

"We are excited to have Sue Enquist, a distinguished coach and mentor, speak to the participants and share her insights and enthusiasm for personal development through athletics," commented Savage on the programming created by the conference's coaches and administrators.

NESCAC institutional staff members will lead discussions on topics including coaching philosophy, transitioning from athlete to coach, the recruiting process, team building, and the coaching lifestyle.

Each attendee will be assisted by a campus mentor who will help the student-athlete in their development as a coach and in the job search following graduation should they decide to enter the field of coaching.

Notable former students that attended the symposium and have pursued a career in athletics include:

  • Olivia Berry (Trinity '14) - Assistant Softball Coach at Wesleyan
  • Stefanie Capizzi (Hamilton '09) - Swimming Coach with Swim Torrance
  • Jo Clair (Tufts '14) – Assistant Softball Coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • Su-Lin Del Guerico (Colby '11) - Head Girls' Soccer Coach at the Berkshire School 
  • Clare Doyle (Wesleyan '14) - Graduate Assistant Women's Rowing Coach at Smith
  • Elizabeth Ghilardi (Colby '06) – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Skidmore
  • Blair Ingraham (Wesleyan '14) - Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Wesleyan 
  • Tiffany Kornegay (Tufts '12) - Head Track & Field Coach at Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Liz Longley (Hamilton '07) - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Connecticut College
  • Dominique Lozzi (Bowdoin '12) – Assistant Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Bowdoin
  • Melissa (Krempa) Mariano (Middlebury '04) - Head Field Hockey Coach/SWA at Franklin & Marshall
  • Gillian McDonald (Bowdoin '04) – Head Field Hockey Coach at Hamilton
  • Maria Noucas (Bowdoin '09) – Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Loyola Chicago
  • Brigi Palatino (Connecticut College '12) – Head Women's Soccer Coach at Mount Ida
  • Michelle Smith (Trinity '06) – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Babson