CONVENTION: Women In Coaching Event Takes Center Stage

ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2019 USTFCCCA Convention got off to an empowering start on Monday with the sixth annual Women in Coaching Event.

It has been the fastest-growing event at the USTFCCCA Convention year in and year out and 2019 was no different.

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Attendees to the Women in Coaching Seminar this year had their choice of attending three of the five 30-minute round-table discussions that were being offered.

  • Money Matters: The Art of Negotiating Salary and Benefits
    • Discussion led by Toledo Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Andrea Grove-McDonough and Northwestern head cross country coach Jill Miller
  • Career Navigation: The Where, When and Whys
    • Discussion led by North Central (Ill.) head women’s track & field coach Kari Kluckhohn and Wyoming assistant coach Carrie Lane
  • The Double Shift: Exceling at Coaching and Motherhood
    • Discussion led by Minnesota head women’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach Sarah Hopkins and Murray State assistant coach Kelsey Riggins
  • Beyond the Handbook: The Tough Situations and Conversations We Face Annually
    • Discussion led by UNLV head women’s track & field coach Yvonne Wade and Virginia Union head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach Melissa Ferry
  • Coaching Work/Life Compromise: The Art of Clarifying Your Values to Best Prioritize Professional/Personal Choices That Let You Sleep at Night
    • Discussion led by Arizona assistant coach Francesca Green and Bluffton Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Kaylea Jachno

Each of these round-table discussions allowed those in attendance to truly dig deeper with the experienced coaches who led the conversations.

“The feedback from the women in the previous years was that they wanted to get more in-depth with topics,” said event coordinator Rhonda Riley, who is the head women’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Duke University. “They wanted ‘Real talk.’ This provided that opportunity and it really showed today.”

Even more importantly, Riley and fellow event managers Janine Kuestner and Angelina Ramos wanted those rising stars who attended to know that they can make a difference.

“Younger coaches came up to us afterward and told us how excited and empowered they felt to bring what they learned back to their programs,” Riley said.

The 2019 USTFCCCA Convention continues through Thursday night at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.