Neal Attends WBCA's Center For Coaching Excellence

Head Coach Brian Neal

Head Coach Brian Neal

June 16, 2014


WBCA Release

CINCINNATI – Xavier women’s basketball head coach Brian Neal was one of 36 coaches of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to attend t of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) at Columbia University. Neal attended the two-and-a-half day elite leadership program from June 9-11.

"After four years, The Center for Coaching Excellence has never been better," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, director, intercollegiate athletics and physical education at Columbia University. "We have now worked with more than 200 college head or associate head women's basketball coaches, and we have fine-tuned our program to directly address some of the most pressing issues in college women's basketball. We had a fantastic group of coaches to work with. It was a great three days!”

Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, one of the world's leading research universities, and the WBCA, The Center for Coaching Excellence provides an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, The Center for Coaching Excellence gives college women's basketball coaches valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.

"The Center for Coaching Excellence continues to be a premier resource for our membership," said WBCA Interim CEO Shannon Reynolds. "We truly value the partnership with Columbia University Athletics. Program facilitators Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and Dr. Cathie T. Siders do a wonderful job of making the curriculum pertinent and relatable. The Center for Coaching Excellence provides coaches with tremendous knowledge and a valuable bonding experience with their peers."

Attending this year’s session were Laura Beeman, University of Hawaii; Claudette Charney, Hillsdale College; Debra Clark, Norfolk State University; Kerry Cremeans, University of Denver; Jacques Curtis, Shaw University; Brooks Donald Williams, McNeese State University; Edgar Farmer Jr., Wofford College; Kendra Faustin, Niagara University; Megan Gebbia, American University; Billi Godsey, Iona College; Tanya Haave, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Bunky Harkleroad, Sacramento State University; Brandan Harrell, Georgia Highlands College; Chris Kielsmeier, Wayne State College; Brenda Mock Kirkpatick, University of North Carolina-Asheville; Micele Koclanes, Dartmouth College; Erica Lang-Montgomery, Flagler College; Jessica Mannetti, Sacred Heart University; Deont’a McChester, Claflin University; Michael McGuire, Radford University; Joye McNelis, University of Southern Mississippi; Katie Meier, University of Miami; Lisa Mispley Fortier, Gonzaga University; Elizabeth Naumovski, Queens College; Brian Neal, Xavier University; Cameron Newbauer, Belmont University; Harry Perretta, Villanova University; Jamie Pewinski, Saginaw Valley State University; Chanda Rigby, Troy University; Tarrell Robinson, North Carolina A&T State; Scott Rueck, Oregon State University; Audra Smith, Clemson University; Phil Stern, University Maryland, Baltimore County; Christy Thomaskutty, Emory University; Christine Vozab, Georgia Southern University; and Ryan Weisenberg, Pepperdine University.

Faculty of the 2014 Center for Coaching Excellence included Val Ackerman, commissioner, Big East Conference; Dick Baddour, athletics director emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Rich Ensor, commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Bernadette V. McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Jody Conradt, head women’s basketball coach emerita, University of Texas; Terri Williams-Flournoy, head women’s basketball coach, Auburn University; Brian Giorgis, head women’s basketball coach, Marist College; Stephanie Glance, head women’s basketball coach, Columbia University; Dr. Brent Walker, associate athletics director for championship performance, Columbia University; Muffet McGraw, head women’s basketball coach, University of Notre Dame; Marsha Sharp, associate athletics director for special projects and head women’s basketball coach emerita, Texas Tech University; Joe Tartamella, head women’s basketball coach, St. John’s University; and General Rebecca Halstead, U.S. Army (retired).

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June 2014 Center For Coaching Excellence Attendees
Laura Beeman, Hawaii
Claudette Charney, Hillsdale College
Debra Clark, Norfolk State
Kerry Cremeans, Denver
Jacques Curtis, Shaw
Brooks Donald Williams, McNeese State
Edgar Farmer Jr., Wofford College
Kendra Faustin, Niagara
Megan Gebbia, American
Billi Godsey, Iona College
Tanya Haave, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Bunky Harkleroad, Sacramento State
Brandan Harrell, Georgia Highlands College
Chris Kielsmeier, Wayne State College
Brenda Mock Kirkpatick, UNC-Asheville
Micele Koclanes, Dartmouth
Erica Lang-Montgomery, Flagler College
Jessica Mannetti, Sacred Heart
Deont’a McChester, Claflin
Michael McGuire, Radford
Joye McNelis, Southern Mississippi
Katie Meier, Miami
Lisa Mispley Fortier, Gonzaga
Elizabeth Naumovski, Queens College
Brian Neal, Xavier
Cameron Newbauer, Belmont
Harry Perretta, Villanova
Jamie Pewinski, Saginaw Valley State
Chanda Rigby, Troy
Tarrell Robinson, North Carolina A&T
Scott Rueck, Oregon State
Audra Smith, Clemson
Phil Stern, UMBC
Christy Thomaskutty, Emory
Christine Vozab, Georgia Southern
Ryan Weisenberg, Pepperdine

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