CONVENTION UPDATE: Women In Coaching Seminar Leads The Way In 2021!

Who’s ready for the in-person return of the Women in Coaching Seminar?

Started in 2014 and forced to go virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women in Coaching Seminar headlines the first official day of the 2021 USTFCCCA Convention on Tuesday, December 14.

The Women in Coaching Seminar, which has the tagline “For Female Coaches, By Female Coaches,” has been the fastest growing event at the USTFCCCA Convention. Every female coach who is registered for Convention is invited – and encouraged – to take part.

“Our goal of the time spent is to empower coaches to walk away feeling empowered, educated, supported, connected, networked, informed, and armed with new skillsets.”

Attendees to the Women in Coaching Seminar in 2021 will have their choice of attending two of the five 30-minute roundtables that are being offered in Orlando, Florida.

  • “Recruiting Post-Pandemic: How Has The Game Changed & The Role of Social Media”: An in-depth look at recruiting in the new age.
    • Discussion led by Oakland University head track & field coach Katrina Brumfield
  • “The Things We Carry”: Offering insights on what the tough, intimate conversations can sound like, how to work through them, and how to repair relationship after conflict
    • Discussion led by TCU assistant coach of multis and sprints Marissa Chew
  • “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”: Building a program from the ground up and/or revamping a program that was strong years ago, but needed cultural, budget, recruiting, resource, or direction revival—the why, what, how, and who behind it
    • Discussion led by West Cheseter University Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Melissa Ferry
  • “Understanding the Role: What Head Coaches Look For After They’ve Hired An Assistant Coach”: From hard skills to soft skills ranging to when it’s appropriate to take initiative versus execute solely what has been delegated, this session will delve into desired attributes and behaviors
    • Discussion led by Vanderbilt Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Althea Thomas
  • “Building Our Mental Health Toolbox”: While it is important to refer out when certain mental health issues extend beyond your role/expertise area, every coach can be empowered through new skillsets when working day in and day out with the athletes who approach us with the stresses that grow heavier across a season
    • Discussion led by Katie Leary Steele, LMFT/Co-Founder

Attendees then will hear from guest speaker Jodi Hasbrouck, who will discuss “Leveraging Motivations to Enhance Communication.” Hasbrouck is an Enneagram Coach with Mosaic Coaching.

Be sure to check out the USTFCCCA Convention website for more information about the Women in Coaching Seminar as well as the entire USTFCCCA Convention, which will take place from December 14-17 at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.