Smith Attends The Center for Coaching Excellence in New York City

July 1, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State women's basketball coach Barb Smith was recently one of 35 coaches to complete the second session of the 2013 edition of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE), an invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program hosted by Columbia.

Smith felt the leadership program was beneficial and useful for years to come.

"Attending the Center for Coaching Excellence Conference was one of the most rewarding conferences I've attended in my coaching career," Smith said. "I'm very appreciative for the opportunity to participate in the conference and for all the hard work that went into making it a huge success. It's one of those seminars that makes you evaluate every aspect of your coaching philosophy. I learned so many valuable lessons and met some great people in the process."

Created in 2011 through a partnership between Columbia and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the CCE introduces coaches to various aspects of leadership and provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the importance of ethics and integrity in college women's basketball through a rigorous curriculum presented in a seminar-style environment.

Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia, one of the world's leading research universities, and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (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.

"With the completion of the sixth session of The Center for Coaching Excellence, another year of this remarkable program is in the books," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "More than 170 coaches of women's basketball have had the opportunity to grow professionally because of their attendance and participation in this two-and-a-half-day workshop. There is nothing like it for the coaches in any other sport. The WBCA is proud to partner with Columbia University in offering this unique experience to our membership."



"Our second session of The Center for Coaching Excellence this year was fabulous," said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at Columbia. "Through this wonderful program, we have now had the opportunity to engage nearly 200 college women's basketball coaches, and provide them with a thorough and unique learning experience."

Coaches attending the June 10-12 session with Smith included Karen Barefoot of Old Dominion, Kim Barnes Arico of Michigan, Joanne Boyle of Virginia, Travis Brewster of North Dakota, Keith Brown of Georgetown, Paula Buscher of SIU Edwardsville, Cara Consuegra of UNC-Charlotte, Carrie Daniels of Austin Peay, Jim Davis of Tennessee Tech, Sharon Dawley of Massachusetts, Carolyn DeHoff of North Dakota State, Tracey Dorow of Valparaiso, Brittney Ezell of Belmont, Chris Gobrecht of Yale, Joe Haigh of St. Francis College (Pa.), DeUnna Hendrix of High Point, Aaron Johnston of South Dakota State, Tamika Lewis of Delaware State, Heather Macy of East Carolina, Patricia Manning of Williams College, Karen Middleton of Western Carolina, Faith Mimnaugh of California Polytechnic State, Matilda Mossman of Tulsa, Mike Neighbors of Washington, Beth O'Boyle of Stony Brook, Kate Peterson Abiad of Cleveland State, Beryl Piper of Central Connecticut State, Dawn Plitzuweit of Northern Kentucky, Bill Reinson of Longwood, Jennifer Roos of Bowling Green State, Michael Shafer of Richmond, John Thurston of St. Francis College (N.Y.), Joi Williams of Central Florida and Toyelle Wilson of Prairie View A&M.

Smith was named the seventh head women's basketball coach in Illinois State history in the offseason. Smith, who has 26 years of Division I collegiate coaching experience, brings a tremendous pedigree into her second head coaching job and is known as a prominent recruiter, with over ten top-20 nationally-ranked classes. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, WSF gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.