ATLANTA, Ga.-Barton College head coach Karen Godlock will be looking to use the knowledge she learned from five exciting days at the NCAA Women Coaches Academy at the Dolce Conference Center from June 10-14 as she enters into her second full year at the helm of the Bulldogs cross country and track and field programs.
"Coaching for Success and Significance," is the signature slogan of Women Coaches Academy (WCA) that is sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Alliance of Women Coaches. Coach Godlock's graduation from the WCA in Atlanta has only helped solidify that distinction for her.
"The Women's Coaches Academy was a great experience," said Coach Godlock. "It was a chance for women coaches of all sports of all Divisions of the NCAA to come together for professional development."
The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X's and O's.
The WCA provided Coach Godlock with three primary objectives in skills development, retention and mentoring. The skills development portion of the academy included management strategies, decision-making, ethics, leadership, legal issues and communication skills. The WCA focus on retention was done by inspiring and motivating women coaches to remain in the coaching profession by expanding their knowledge, perspective and skill base; as coaches gain confidence and determination to set career goals and to be more successful and competent. Finally, the WCA mentored its participants by providing a framework for interaction between women in all aspects of athletics – from peers to pioneers.
Godlock added, "The Academy was a chance to help women coaches to grow personally and professionally as well as provide them with a network of support and inspiration. It was a chance to meet and share different coaching experiences, philosophies, and best practices."
There is no doubt that the Women Coaches Academy has made an impact on the coaches who have attended, and in turn, they will impact the lives of their student athletes including Barton's Karen Godlock. It's simple – as a coach grows and develops better skills and perspectives — student athletes and schools benefit.
Godlock was one of 42 women coaches across the country that was selected for the Atlanta academy.
In 2002, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) supported an initiative to train, support and retain women coaches. That was the start of the Women Coaches Academy (WCA). To date there have been 21 highly successful sessions of the five-day academies, which are open to any coach from any sport, and any division.
"I would recommend all women coaches to apply for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy," concluded Godlock.