March 12, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Seniors Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) and Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) of the University of Michigan women's basketball team were selected to participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) "So You Want to be a Coach" program.
The workshop will be held April 5-7 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans.
The objectives of the 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.
Ryan has started all 31 games for the Wolverines this season and set a new program record for starts in a career at 128. She earned All-Big Ten third-team honors from both the coaches and the media this season for the first time in her career. For the year, she is averaging a career-best 10.1 points per game to go with 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 36.9 minutes per game. Ryan ranks first all-time at Michigan in minutes played (4,480) and second in both steals (288) and assists (484).
Sheffer, a starter in all 31 games this season, earned All-Big Ten honorable mention by both the coaches and media. She became the 23rd member of Michigan's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now ranks 12th all-time at Michigan in scoring with 1,174 points. Sheffer set new career highs in both points (26) and rebounds (13) this season and averaged 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per contest.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423