Monday, December 17

3:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Nelson Wolff A

The Women in Coaching Seminars will be an amazing opportunity for female coaches to learn from some of the best in the business while networking with like-minded individuals.

Join some of the nation’s top female coaches for a women’s-only seminar with two outstanding panelists of coaches.

Topic No. 1: Being a Coach and a Mother

Coaching moms get into the reality of life as a mom, coupled with a career coaching track & field and/or cross country. Our panelists will share how they navigated becoming a coaching mother and provide advice for coaches who are already moms as well as tips for those who may become moms in the future or provide best practices for those who work with coaching mothers.

Dana Boone
University of Central Florida

Dana BooneDana Boone enters her first year as Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at UCF. Boone was hired by the Knights on June 8, 2018, following a successful three-year stint as associate women’s head coach at Texas Tech, where she coached an NCAA Champion, 86 NCAA Qualifiers, 12 Conference Team Championships, 51 School Records, two NACAC Gold Medalists and garnered two USTFCCCA Midwest Coach of the Year Awards.

Boone went to Lubbock after four seasons as the head coach at Texas State. During her time there, she led the Bobcats to four conference championships, while also racking up conference Coach of the Year honors behind each title. In each of her four years at Texas State, Boone’s teams qualified 20 or more athletes for the NCAA West Preliminary.

She spent six years at Oklahoma where she coached sprints, hurdles and relays and served as an assistant coach for two seasons before her promotion to associate head women’s coach in 2007. Boone was named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year after training five NCAA All-America First Team and six NCAA All-America Second Team student-athletes between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Boone’s athletes helped the Sooners enjoy the program’s best finishes at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, place sixth and fourth, respectively. While at Oklahoma, her group set 14 new school records in the sprints/hurdles and jumps. The men also won the Big 12 titles in 2007 and 2010, while also taking the Midwest Regional Championship in 2007, earning her USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Men’s Coach of the Year. Boone wrapped up her time at OU with 48 NCAA qualifiers.

Boone has also coached at Tulane, Middle Tennessee State and South Carolina. Boone also served as the USATF World Junior Championship women’s head coach in 2014 and the USATF Junior Pan American assistant coach (jumps) in 2011. She is also USATF Level II Certified in the Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps.

An outstanding jumper at Virginia, Boone was a six-time All-American and six-time ACC champion. She has her master’s degree in physical education from Middle Tennessee State.


Jackie Richards

Jackie Richards

Jackie Richards begins her third season as an assistant coach at UTSA. Richards is in charge of the program’s 400-meter sprinters, hurdlers and relays. Athletes show great promise under Richards as the Roadrunners set five school records and two Conference USA individual titles thus far. Also, five individuals and two relay teams directly coached by her advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round in 2017.

Richards spent eight successful seasons as an assistant track & field/cross country coach at Florida State. While in Tallahassee, Richards helped lead the Seminoles’ men’s team to three consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships from 2006-08 and mentored a total of 19 All-Americans. She also helped Florida State recruit two top-three classes in the country.

Prior to joining the Seminoles, Richards was the head horizontal jumps coach and assistant cross country coach at Sacramento State.

Her coaching career began in 1994 with the Prince George Track & Field Club in British Columbia, where she served as the head junior development coach. She competed nationally for Canada, a multiple provincial champion in her native British Columbia, and went on to compete for New Mexico, where she also earned a bachelor’s in exercise science.

Richards received her master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sport science from Idaho, where she also led the men’s and women’s track and field squads to the 2001 Big West Conference Championship Title.

Richards is married to Associate Head Coach Kareem Streete-Thompson and the couple have two children, Janae and Kaiya. Richards is also a USATF Level 2 Track and Field certified coach, and has served as university faculty while coaching her athletes to high achievements at a number of her coaching positions.


April Smith
Fresno State University

April Smith

April Smith enters her fourth season as an assistant coach in charge of the Fresno State throws group. This past 2018 season, Smith guided three athletes to the NCAA finals, earning second-team honors. Through three seasons, Smith has piled up six Mountain West individual championships and 12 All-MW selections at the conference level. Nationally, she has helped 11 athletes reach the NCAA West Preliminary Round, of which two made the final site and earned Second Team All-America honors.

Smith was a member of the USA Track & Field coaching staff for the Junior Pan American games in 2013. Smith’s team earned a gold and bronze medal in the shot put and two silvers in the discus and hammer throw for Team USA in Columbia, S.C.

Prior to being hired at Fresno State, Smith spent 13 years at Appalachian State. Smith tutored 59 individual conference champions, 22 NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifiers and 10 qualifiers to the final site. She is also the lead instructor for Central California USATF, is USATF level 3-Throws certified and level 5 IAAF Throws certified.

Prior to joining the Appalachian State staff, Smith served as a graduate assistant at Chadron State College. Smith has 13 years of competition experience in the shot put, discus, javelin, hammer and weight throws. She was a three-time NAIA National Champion and a nine-time All-American. She was Nebraska State College Athlete of the Year and the Doane College Women of the Year in 2000. Smith’s collegiate career started at the University of Kansas before transferring to Doane College in 1998. Smith was a Big 12 All-Conference performer.

Smith has two children, Andrew and Derek.


Topic No. 2: Work/Life Balance as a Woman in Coaching

Our panelists will explore issues pertaining to the work/life balance and will shed some light on how their work/life balance has changed over time. Coaches will discuss the best practices and practical steps all women can take to achieve better balance between work and life.

Lindsey Malone
University of Colorado

Lindsey Malone

Lindsey Malone recently began her 13th year at the University of Colorado. She is in charge of coaching the combined events and jumps.

She has led the Buffs to a plethora of success, shattering numerous records and producing their first MPSF conference pentathlon champion in 2015. Two years earlier, Malone helped four athletes from the same program (Colorado) compete at the same USATF Indoor Championships in the pentathlon, a feat that hadn’t been done before.

This 2018 outdoor season witnessed her putting two CU Buffs on the podium (Andrew Ghizzone and Davis Butte) and scoring 20 points in decathlon with four men finishing in the top eight at Pac-12’s — a first in CU program history. Indoors, she led Andrew Ghizzone to the heptathlon indoor conference title.

Malone joined the Buffaloes after a six-year stint coaching at Colorado State, where she was an assistant from 2001-2007, during which she coached 14 Mountain West Conference champions in high jump, long jump, 60 hurdles, pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon.

Prior to that, Malone competed as the school record holder for the Colorado State Rams in the high jump and the heptathlon. She has competed in three USATF Championships (2002 outdoors, 2003 indoors, and 2008 indoors) and in 2010, Malone was chosen to coach Team USA for their USA vs. Germany Thrope Cup Challenge in Marburg, Germany.

She is married to CU throws coach and two-time Olympian, Casey Malone.


Rhonda Riley
Duke University

Rhonda Riley

Rhonda Riley was named head women’s cross country coach, assistant track coach in June of 2016.

In 2017, her strengths in recruiting as well as her ability to coach up true freshmen were showcased: A pair of freshmen, Amanda Beach and Michaela Reinhart, finished top-2 for Duke in every race of the season including top-20 in the ACC, top-30 at NCAA Southwest Regional Cross Country Championships, and earned spots onto the USATF Cross Country team that traveled to El Salvador for the 2018 NACAC XC Championships. Reinhart was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. Outdoors, Riley led both her middle and long distance squads to success, qualifying Brittany Aveni (800) and Amanda Beach (10,000) for the NCAA East Preliminaries.

Prior to Duke, Riley spent nine years as an assistant coach guiding Vanderbilt’s program to new heights, as Vanderbilt women’s cross country team made five consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships and claimed back-to-back South Region titles during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, 1500-meter specialists qualified for the outdoor NCAA meet, and Alexa Rogers brought home All-American cross country honors.

In 2013, seven of Riley’s student-athletes qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, joining four other Commodore competitors that comprised a Vanderbilt-record 11 participants at the competition.

Riley led the 2011 Commodores to their first Southeast Conference title with five runners placing in the top nine at the championship meet.

In her final year, Riley guided freshman Caroline Pietrzyk to cross country All-American accolades and SEC Freshman of the Year recognition.

Before Vanderbilt, Riley spent two years coaching at Arizona State (where she earned her master’s degree) and one at Oregon State, where she completed her undergraduate edcuation.


Diljeet Taylor

Diljeet Taylor

Diljeet Taylor was recently promoted to associate head track & field coach at BYU after spending the previous year as the associate head coach of the women’s cross country program, a position to which she was promoted in 2017. She currently holds both roles.

In two seasons since joining the Cougars, Taylor has made her mark. Taylor helped BYU’s women earn 13 All-America honors in distance and middle-distance events. At the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Taylor coached five All-Americans, including a strong distance medley relay effort.

During the 2017 track & field season, Taylor-coached athletes nabbed First-Team All-America honors in the mile, distance medley relay and the 800 and steeplechase outdoors.

BYU’s cross country teams finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Championships twice under Taylor’s watch, including a 10th-place finish in 2016.

Prior to coaching the Cougars, Taylor spent 10 years at Cal State Stanislaus and from 2013 to 2016, when she was the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, the distance and cross country programs totaled 16 All-America honors, which included consecutive runner-up finishes by the men’s distance medley relay at NCAAs.