Emmitsburg, Md. – Head Coach Bryan Whitten of the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team completed the first session of The Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE), an invitation-only, two-and-a-half day elite leadership program hosted last week by Columbia University.
Developed through a partnership between Columbia and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 2011, the CCE helps coaches get exposure to various leadership styles and provides an understanding of the importance of ethics and integrity in college women's basketball through interactive learning sessions and panel discussions. The format also included small-group breakouts and roundtable discussions. The sessions allowed for networking opportunities for the coaches with fellow leaders of women's college basketball.
Whitten, who was one of 32 coaches selected to attend the first session, was joined by Keitha Adams of the University of Texas at El Paso, Karen Aston of Texas, Jennie Baranczyk of Drake, Tricia Binford of Montana State University, Greg Brown of Lipscomb, Todd Buchanan of Houston, Jean Marie Burr of Brown, Dan Burt of Duquesne, Kevin Cook of Winthrop, Charity Elliott of Loyola Marymount, Lori Gear McBride of Vermont, Jen Hoover of Wake Forest, Cathy Inglese of Rhode Island, Ali Jaques of Siena, Bobbie Kelsey of Wisconsin, Jodi Kest of Akron, Linda Lappe of Colorado, Kellie Lewis-Jay of Florida Atlantic, Yolett McPhee-McCuin of Jacksonville, Nyla Milleson of George Mason, Lynn Milligan of Rider, Sherri Murrell of Portland State University, Danielle O'Banion of Kent State, Bethann Ord of Weber State, Wendy Palmer of UNC-Greensboro, Aaron Roussell of Bucknell, Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State, Nicole Scholl of Binghamton, Seton Sobolewski of Idaho State, Todd Starkey of Lenoir-Rhyne and Joe Tartamella of St. John's.
The June 3-5 event at Columbia which Whitten attended was the first session of the summer, and the fifth since the program started in 2011. In its three year history, more than 140 coaches have attended the CCE.
Whitten recently completed his sixth season at the helm at the Mount, leading the squad to the Northeast Conference semifinals for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Mount finished 15-16 overall and won 10 NEC games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1999-00 and 2000-01 campaigns. Last month, it was announced that the Mount was selected to play in the Preseason WNIT for just the second time in school history.