The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), in conjunction with WeCOACH and Occidental College, organized a successful workshop for female coaches in the Southern California region on Monday.
The workshop, which took place from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on the campus of Occidental Monday morning, was a one-day training program for women coaches, administrators, and students from the area. Coaches and administrators from a majority of the SCIAC membership, as well as others from institutions such as Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona attended the event in Eagle Rock, Calif.
Marci Kornegay, the Director of Membership at WeCOACH, facilitated conversation between members of the audience which included topics such as sustaining synergies between coaches and administrators, inclusion and diversity, and supporting the student-athlete.
The programming also featured engaging panels with Pomona-Pitzer Senior Associate AD/SWA Angel Mason and Sagehens' softball head coach Joanne Ferguson, as well as Bobbie Kelsey (Los Angeles Sparks) and Evan Unrau (Partner Support Manager, PCA Los Angeles). All four panelists discussed their respective career paths and key points in their journey, tying in relevant issues and common challenges that they have faced throughout their careers.
The second portion of the programming included breakout sessions led by SCIAC Executive Director Jenn Dubow and Pomona-Pitzer Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine who led discussions on work-life balance and effectively managing your staff. These sessions allowed the group to discuss best practices in both areas, and provided a forum to discuss challenges and possible solutions to those challenges.