May 22, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Sunny Vadopalaite, Lamar University's director of women's basketball operations, received a full scholarship to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy from June 4-8 in Atlanta.
The five-day session provides training for coaches at all levels to assist them in becoming more productive, resourceful and successful. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, but ones that are relevant for coaching responsibilities beyond X's and O's.
"I'm excited to be going," said Vadopalaite, who is entering her third season with the Lady Cardinals. "I've been trying to be selected for the last three years, and I was finally picked."
The NCAA provides three of the academies per year and offers about 40 full scholarships to each academy. The NCAA values the scholarships, which included tuition, room and board at $2,500. The program is not just for women's basketball coaches, and not just for Division I coaches.
"I've had some friends who have gone to the academy, and they loved it," Vadopalaite said. "It will be good to get to know coaches from other sports and get to understand their situations."
The academy's schedule offers a variety of topics including managing programs, legal issues, Title IX and communication strategies.
"We're not going to have much time to see Atlanta," Vadopalaite said. "The first panels are at 7:50 a.m., and it will run all day until after 9 p.m. We're there to learn."