"A goal is a dream that has an ending." – Duke Ellington


“I told myself I was not going to miss it .”

“I remember flying back to Tallahassee and I ran into several coaches in the

Coach Cori Close

Atlanta airport that had just been to the Symposium.  They were so excited and said so many cool things about what they had learned.  The program was unique, equipping, and immediately applicable.  I told myself I was not going to miss it next year.  I am thrilled to be a part of this great weekend. “

Hope to see you guys in Chicago, April 29 – May 1, 2011.

Coach Cori Close
Coach Cori Close is the Associate Head Coach at Florida State University. Follow Coach Close on Twitter: www.twitter.com/coachclosefsu.

“I am strongly encouraging any and all Divisions II and III Assistant Coaches who want to make college coaching a profession to take advantage of this opportunity.”

I am so excited to be a part of the Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium this year.  Although I have been in college coaching for over 20 years, I am always looking to steal/borrow ideas from the top coaches in the nation.  I am strongly encouraging any and all Divisions II and III Assistant Coaches who want to make college coaching a profession to take advantage of this opportunity.  There are few places where you will get this many Top Assistant Coaches together in one place to share ideas.

This Symposium will help you take your coaching career to the next level and hopefully achieve the National Championship.

For Divisions II and III Head Coaches more and more Division I Athletic Directors are turning to us to fill their Head Coaching vacancies and I believe the information shared by some of the top assistants at this Symposium will shed some light on what you can expect at the next level.

I am sure you will leave this year’s symposium with a tank full of ideas.  Hope to see you all in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011).  Go ahead and register today (www.feliciahallallen.com).

Coach Bobbi Morse is an Assistant Coach for the 2010 Division III NCAA Champions and 2011 Division III Final Four participant, Washington University in St. Louis. Click HERE for more information on the Lady Bears.

“So many people told me after they attended last year’s symposium that they learned things that made them better coaches immediately.”

Coach Kevin Morrison

I am both excited & honored to be a speaker at this year’s Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium! I missed out on the opportunity to attend last year’s symposium, and as I traveled all across the country in July recruiting all I heard my peers talking about was how great the symposium was, how well the information was presented, and that this was truly an event that EVERY Assistant Coach should attend. So I made up my mind back in July 2010 that I would be in Chicago at this year’s symposium no matter what.

I, like all coaches have a burning desire to continue to grow & learn how to be a better coach. The phrase that Felicia uses “invest in yourself” couldn’t be

more appropriate for the symposium. I’m looking forward to enhancing my career as an Assistant Coach and invite EVERY Assistant coach out there to come and do the same. There is so much to being a great

Assistant Coach – and there is no greater form available to us to learn this information from our peers, Head Coaches & Administrators as well. So many people told me after they attended last year’s symposium that they learned things that made them better coaches immediately, walked away with a better understanding of their role, gained further insight as to how to better serve their Head Coach and their players, and were able to network with other coaches and discuss ideas about the things that have and have not worked for you during your career.

Please join Felicia, myself, and the other wonderful panel of speakers at this year’s 2nd Annual Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium April 29, 2011- May 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL. It is a great time during the off-season to fine-tune your skills as an Assistant Coach, and prepare you to become a Head Coach!

REGISTER online Today for an empowering two and half day professional development experience at www.feliciahallallen.com

You don’t want to miss this!

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Coach Kevin Morrison is an Assistant Coach at University of California at Berkeley.

“As an Assistant Coach you are always looking for different ways and ideas to improve yourself and your team!”

Coach Jodie Kaczor Berry

I was very honored to be asked to speak at the Symposium this year. I was surprised when Felicia asked me, in part because Gonzaga is located in a smaller community  – Spokane, WA, – and also because Gonzaga is a mid-major conference whose history is not quite as storied as some of these other programs. That being said, we are a program on the rise that has aspirations to compete at the highest level.

As an assistant coach you are always looking for different ways and ideas to improve yourself and your team! I’m reminded of something Kelly Graves, my head coach here at Gonzaga, tells me all the time; “you are not going to come up with something that has never been done before , go talk to other coaches, watch film; what are these other teams doing that we could do?”  The opportunity to go back and learn and bounce ideas from these great coaches is invaluable.

It will be my first trip to Chicago for the Assistant Coaches Symposium and I’m very humbled and excited to be involved in this great event.

Jodie Kaczor Berry

Gonzaga University

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Coach Jodie Kaczor Berry is an Assistant Coach at Gonzaga University. Follow Coach Berry on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jodkaczor.

“The opportunity to learn from other coaches’ experiences is a great forum to learn and grow.”

“If you will change, everything for you will change.”

–Jim Rohn

Coach Greg Brown

The Jim Rohn quote is what I first thought about, when Felicia talked about the Symposium. The Assistant Coaches Symposium gives us the opportunity to change and grow. I’ve always been taught to constantly look for more ways to become valuable to your program. The opportunity to learn from other coaches experiences is a great forum to learn and grow.

We returned last year and were able to bring ideas back to our staff and it provided us a chance affirm and appreciate the processes within our own program. It provided me with a starting point to challenge some of the things I did and some of the ways we worked as a staff. There are numerous ideas and thoughts shared; obviously, we can’t (and shouldn’t) use them all. However, you never know which idea or lesson is exactly what you or your program may need.The format allows for the time to ask questions and follow up after sessions without feeling rushed to get to the next meeting. It’s a great opportunity to learn and share. Looking forward to Chicago April 29-May 1.

Coach Greg Brown is the Associate Head Coach for the University of Central Florida. Follow Coach Brown on Twitter: www.twitter.com/UCFCoachBrown.

“This is perfect…a great idea to help coaches prepare for their future.”

Coach Vickie Picott

Hello All!

Last year I had the opportunity and privilege to attend the first ever Assistant Coaches Symposium, run by Felicia Hall Allen, held in Atlanta! I remember sitting in the crowd thinking, “This is perfect…a great idea to get young coaches prepared to become better Assistant Coaches and others prepared for their future as Head Coaches.”

Having an Assistant Coaches Symposium is a great event for coaches with all different years of experience and from all different levels. I’ve watched the women’s game grow tremendously over the past 15 years, and this symposium will just further catapult the game we are all very passionate about. We can all think of a time when we searched for answers whether that be about a rebounding drill, how to make your match-up zone work more efficient, or developing strong teamwork and leaders with team building activities. Well here is the place to share what has worked for you and what hasn’t and take some new ideas back with you.

The 2nd Annual Symposium will be held in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011) and I encourage all who are serious about becoming a better coach to attend. A STEP UP offers YOU a chance to gain valuable insight from the game’s BEST on all kinds of topics from recruiting, teaching, scouting, player communication, social media technology, and much more!

I am both excited and humbled about the opportunity to present at the symposium and look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Victoria Picott
Vanderbilt University
Assistant Coach

Follow Vicky on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vpicott_32


Thank you for your interest in the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship. The time to apply has expired, but there is still enough time to register for the 2011 Assistant Coaches Symposium.

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

UPLIFT Registration Scholarships to be Awarded to Ethnic Minority Coaches

UPLIFT Registration Scholarships to be Awarded to Ethnic Minority Coaches

A STEP UP Program Overview
A STEP UP is an Athletic Symposium To Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance for women’s basketball coaches and director of basketball operations personnel.  This Professional Development Symposium will be held April 29 – May 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL.  A STEP UP is administered by Felicia Hall Allen and Associates and supported by the NCAA.

CLICK Symposium Blog:    https://upliftingcoaches.wordpress.com/

A STEP UP Mission

To help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights, develop strategies and techniques to help them reach their full coaching potential.

UPLIFT Registration Scholarships for Ethnic Minority Coaches

Due in part to the support of the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics and The Minorities Opportunities and Interest Committee, Felicia Hall Allen and Associates will provide registration scholarships.  Scholarships valued at $150 will be awarded to ethnic minority coaches who are chosen from a pool of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and submit a scholarship application by February 15, 2011.

NOTE: All participants awarded the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, hotel costs and expenses to and from Chicago, IL.

UPLIFT Registration Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Must be currently employed part-time, full time or seeking employment as an assistant coach or director of basketball operations.
  • Applicant must be an ethnic minority.
  • All applicants must be available to attend the Symposium in its entirety (April 29 – May 1, 2011).

UPLIFT Registration Scholarship Selection Process:
All completed applications must be received via email at fh@feliciahallallen.com or mail (13000 York Road, F-237, Charlotte, NC 28278) by Tuesday, February 15, 2011.

Applications should include:

  • A current resume with three references.
  • One typed letter of recommendation from your head coach or athletic director.
  • Typed personal statement (no more than one page) outlining why you would like to attend A STEP UP-Chicago and how you believe it will benefit your professional development.

NOTE: All information submitted during the application process will become the property of Felicia Hall Allen and Associates and will not be returned.

Hotel Logistics

The O’Hare Intercontinental Hotel has been selected as the host hotel for A STEP UP – Chicago 2011.  The host hotel has a discounted room block for Symposium participants at a rate of $119 per night.  Visit www.feliciahallallen.com to make your hotel reservations.  Enter promotional code (ASU).

UPLIFT Registration Scholarship – Notification

All candidates selected to receive the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship will be notified by March 1, 2011.

“It is a special privilege to be a coach…we must never take it for granted.”

Coach Stephanie Glance

The Assistant Coaches Symposium is such a valuable resource to educate, encourage, and enhance our profession.  There are so many facets to being an assistant coach and each is extremely important to the success of your head coach, your overall program, and most important the well-being and development of your student-athletes.

Character and integrity are critical to any of life’s endeavors but particularly important to the continued growth and development of the sport of women’s basketball.

Many people have come before us and poured their heart and soul into our profession and its growth.  For years, student-athletes have been the benefactors of wonderful teachers, counselors and mentors otherwise known as coaches.  It is most important that we honor and respect those who have come before us and that we make our best effort to move the sport of women’s basketball to even higher levels.

This symposium gives all assistant coaches the opportunity to network and continue to learn and develop within our profession.  Felicia Hall Allen has once again assembled an outstanding group of speakers for this year’s event.  This is a great time for the most critical part of our profession, the assistant coaches, to come together and share ideas and learn from each other.

Serving as the assistant coaches’ representative to the WBCA Board of Directors for six years, I witnessed firsthand the power of 1,000 assistant coaches gathering each year at our national convention to chalk talk at roundtables or discuss current issues.  As a former assistant coach of 22 years, I want to encourage you to value what you do to the highest degree and never underestimate the platform you have been given to make a difference in the lives of others.  It is a special privilege to be a coach and we must never take it for granted.

I look forward to seeing you at this year’s symposium!

Coach Stephanie Glance is the Head Coach of the Illinois State University Redbirds.

Follow Coach Glance on Twitter! www.twitter.com/CoachGlance

“How come no one had thought about doing something like this when I was growing up?”

Coach John Margaritis

A few months ago I received an email advertising Felicia Hall Allen’s Assistant Coaching Symposium in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011).  After reading the information provided in the email I was overwhelmed by two and half thoughts.  My first thought was one that brought frustration about the timing of the symposium.  “How come no one had thought about doing something like this when I was growing up?” I had no direction, idea or clue about the coaching profession and what I needed to do to advance.  I did what I could and went to many coaching clinics and learned lots of X’s and O’s.  I’ve always wished there was a place where one can go and learn from others about their journey through this very competitive profession.  To be honest I felt helpless as I kept spinning my wheels trying to re-invent the “wheel.”

My second thought after reading Felicia’s email was that I need to step outside my comfort zone, talk to coaches and let them know how lucky they are to have this symposium and the opportunity to learn from others.  Coaches who want to make coaching a career need to attend.  So . . .  This is where I had the half thought . . .  In a very un-characteristic move I called Felicia and in my own corky way I asked for her to consider putting me on the panel so I can share “my no chance to advance” experiences with younger coaches who aspire to advance in our profession.  I want them to learn from my mistakes.

Being an assistant coach for twenty-six years I find myself spending time (like at the Final 4) with assistant coaches rather than head coaches.  We always find our self talking about “how to take” the next step and what it takes to get an opportunity to be a head coach.  Since I’ve become a head coach my door has always been open to coaches from all levels or countries that want to learn more about any aspect of coaching including upward mobility.  Throughout the last seven years I’ve come to realize that there are many people in the West Coast who know a lot about basketball but very little about how to help themselves advance.  If half of those coaches I’ve talked with attend the Symposium the West Coast will be well represented and those coaches will be well served.  This is only the Symposium’s second year of existence. For me it came about a little over twenty six years too late.  But for many young or old, head and assistant coaches who are looking to get to next level, it’s a gift and an opportunity that they simply cannot pass up.  Not when their future depends on it . . .

See you in Chicago.

Register now at:  www.feliciahallallen.com

Coach John Margaritis is the Head Coach University of California Riverside Lady Highlanders.