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“Just had a really good opportunity to collaborate with my peers and also assistant coaches and listening to other head coaches and assistant coaches on how they go about doing their jobs”.

Kate Senger is the Director of Basketball Operations at Duke University.

Connect with Coach Senger on LinkedIn  (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kate-senger/a/461/4b2).

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“I walked away with a wealth of information.”

Coach Kia Damon is an Assistant Coach for the Penn State Lady Lions. Connect with Coach Damon on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kia-damon/14/121/67a).

“I didn’t realize I was lacking a little fire in my heart, but it was definitely rekindled last year after the weekend.”

 

Coach Maren Walseth is an Assistant Coach with the Penn State Lady Lions. Connect with Coach Walseth on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maren-walseth/1/59b/138).

“For one weekend, we are all on the same team exchanging ideas and practices to make each other better.”

 

Coach Sarah Smoak is the Director of Recruiting Operations and Assistant Director of Women’s Basketball Operations for Duke University. Connect with Coach Smoak on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/SSmoak) and on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-smoak/21/b1a/a20).

It doesn’t matter if you are a young coach or an older coach, there’s never an opportunity where we can’t stop growing and stop learning.”

Coach Jan Jensen is the Associate Head Coach at the University of Iowa. Follow Coach Jensen on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/goiowa).

“One thing that I tell my coaches is, “You are only as good as the people around you.” Therefore, why not improve yourself while helping your career and ultimately others?”

Coach Sytia Messer

I was very honored when Felicia asked me to speak at, “A Step Up Dallas 2012”. I believe this symposium will help to improve the careers of assistant coaches and I feel blessed to be a part of it. One thing that I tell my coaches is, “You are only as good as the people around you.”  Therefore, why not improve yourself while helping your career and ultimately others?
Last year, one of my assistant coaches, Coretta Brown, attended the symposium in Chicago. She had nothing but great things to say about the experience. She came back and shared the knowledge she had obtained while she was there. I could tell she had learned some great things that would be of value to her in her career as well as to our basketball program.
This is a great opportunity to learn from other coaches and schools. Also, this symposium is a way to form contacts and develop friendships with coaches in many different areas.  In my opinion, the keys to being a successful coach is continued self assessment, in order to identify your strengths and weaknesses,  surrounding yourself with others who possess the characteristics for which you are weak in, and then seeking every opportunity to  grow and learn from others.   In turn, it helps to improve the coach, a team and the lives of student athletes. I fell very blessed to be a part of the symposium this year!

 

Coach Sytia Messer is the Head Coach for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Follow Coach Messer on Twitter (Twitter.com/CoachMesser).

“If opportunity knocks for you to improve your overall performance as a basketball coach, would you answer it?”

 

Ronald Hughey is an Assistant Coach for the University of Texas Longhorns.

“This is a symposium that caters to the needs of every level.”

 

Josh Keys is an Assistant Coach for the Stetson University Lady Hatters. Follow Josh on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/JoshKeys).

“This conference was very beneficial to me because it allowed me to get with other professionals in the field and share ideas.”

 

Grant Fausset is the Director of Basketball Operations for the Texas Tech University Lady Raiders. Follow Grant on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/gfausset) and connect with him on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/grant-fausset/9/284/905).

 

“I enjoyed Chicago, and realize now that I cannot afford to miss another one!”

Coach Danielle O’Banion is the Associate Head Coach of the University of Memphis Lady Tigers. Follow her on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/DJObanion) and connect with her on LinkedIn (http://www.LinkedIn.com/pub/danielle-o-banion/14/a97/31a).