On Monday morning, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Florida State seniors Brittany Brown and Kai James as part of their 2017 ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ class. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held March 29-31 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Dallas.
The objectives of the “So” program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women’s basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women’s basketball.
"We continue to invest in young, aspiring coaches through our ‘So You Want To Be A Coach' program," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces our support for this important entry-level program. We have high expectations for these graduating student-athletes and the future contributions they will make to the game of women's basketball."
Both Brown and James have exhibited high levels of IQ in basketball since arriving as part of the 2013 freshman class. Along with classmate Ivey Slaughter and fellow senior Leticia Romero (who transferred to FSU in 2014), the group is on the verge of setting the senior class wins record at FSU.
Heading into Thursday’s matchup at Boston College, the current senior class has 98 total wins, tying the 2010 and 2011 senior classes for the most at FSU.
“So” participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate’s head coach has to nominate them and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.
Brown and James will keep a close eye on their long-term future, but their immediate task at hand is helping Florida State reach its first NCAA Women’s Final Four. FSU is 20-2 overall this season, tying the 2014-15 team for the fastest to 20 wins in program history. The Seminoles’ 8-1 ACC record is tied with Notre Dame for the league lead.