Liberty senior Kierra Johnson-Graham has been selected to take part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) 18th annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. She will participate in the three-day workshop with speakers provided by WeCOACH on April 2-4 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in New Orleans, La.
The lone senior on the Lady Flames' 2019-20 roster, Johnson-Graham hails from Atlanta, Ga. She is currently wrapping up a bachelor's degree in sport management.
Johnson-Graham is the second Lady Flame to be selected for the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program in the last three years. Former teammate Sheana Vega participated in 2018, helping lead to her current role as director of recruiting operations for the Pitt Panthers women's basketball team.
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.
" ‘So You Want To Be A Coach' is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. " ‘So' is the entry point for women's basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, hundreds of former college women's basketball players are working or have worked as coaches or in some role in our sport. Our partnership with WeCOACH enables us to make this program even better."
"The WBCA continues to provide a premier program to female student-athletes who aspire to be coaches. Our partnership with the 'So' program helps pave the way for the future of women in coaching," said WeCOACH CEO Megan Kahn. "We congratulate the 2020 attendees and look forward to developing each of them by offering a pathway to enter the profession."
"So" participants will learn about the administrative side of coaching, recruiting, 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.