June 18, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico was one of 35 coaches to participate in The Center for Coaching Excellence, a two-and-a-half day elite leadership program at Columbia University. The invitation-only program ran from June 10-12.
Capitalizing on the resources of Columbia University, 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."
The program featured group learning sessions and panel discussions from a wide variety of leaders from both the college athletics industry and other sectors of industry.
Barnes Arico just completed her first year at Michigan, going 22-11 and guiding the Wolverines to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the third time ever. U-M tied or set numerous program records during Barnes Arico's debut season, including wins (22), consecutive wins (10), best overall start (15-2) and best start in Big Ten play (4-0). Four Wolverines earned All-Big Ten honors, including second-teamer Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and third-team selection Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central). In her 17 years as a head coach, she features a 292-216 record.
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