MADISON, N.J. – On June 2-3, Drew University hosted female coaches and student-athletes from Landmark Conference member institutions for the Landmark's inaugural Women's Coaching Symposium.
The symposium, organized by the senior woman administrators (SWA) at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in athletics with the help of a grant from the NCAA.
In attendance for Susquehanna were head field hockey coach Kaitlyn Wahila, assistant track & field coach Kristin Stam '12, swimmer Kelsey Lessard '16 and track & field athlete Melanie Schramm '15.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Landmark Conference's inaugural Women's Coaching Symposium at Drew University," Wahila said. "It was a humbling experience to be in a room with coaches who have the same passion, vision and outlook on how important coaching female student-athletes is. The biggest take away for me was to 'love what you do;' coaching female student-athletes is the best classroom we can provide for our college students."
Landmark head coaches and senior women administrators served on panels throughout the symposium to share their experience entering and growing in the field. The event has 35 registered participants with representatives from nine institutions. The group included coaches with more than 25 years of experience as well as coaches finishing their first year. Student-athletes attending the event represented a variety of sports.
"Kristin, Melanie, Kelsey and I had a wonderful experience learning from other coaches," Wahila continued, "and hope to take this newfound knowledge with us and put it into action with our Susquehanna female student-athletes and teams."
Monmouth University Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil was the keynote speaker. McNeil has led the Hawks for the last 20 years. She guided Monmouth into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) last summer and has been active on the national level. A former member of the Division I NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the Management Council, McNeil recently served as the Chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. She also served as President of NACWAA and was the Chair of the NACDA FCS Council.