RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University senior Sierra McDuffie (Paterson, N.J./PCTI) has been selected to participate in the 2016 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, the WBCA announced on Tuesday.
McDuffie was one of 74 women's basketball players nationwide, from all three NCAA divisions, to be chosen for the program. She was the only member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selected. The WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" program is in its 14th year.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution in 2015-16, or have graduated within the past year. Participants were nominated by their head coach, and selected based on their academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court and professional resume.
More information, including a complete list of 2016 participants, is available at http://www.wbca.org/pages/RELEASES_2015-16_030116_So_You_Want_To_Be_A_Coach_2016.
"Sierra has a great understanding of the game of basketball and how it should be played," said eighth-year Felician head coach Steve Fagan. "While injuries hampered her playing career, she has shown an ability to engage and confer with her teammates about what she sees on the floor."
McDuffie was a four-year veteran for the Golden Falcons at both forward positions, and will graduate among Felician's all-time leaders in blocked shots. She owns a 3.51 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in marketing & management.
McDuffie and the rest of the 2016 class will participate in a three-day workshop to be held Apr. 1-3 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Indianapolis. Participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, work-life balance, the importance of knowing rules, and skill development.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.