Feb. 5, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler senior women's basketball player Tara Miller has been invited to participate in the upcoming seventh annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) So You Want To Be A Coach Program to be held in conjunction with the organization's national convention April 3-7 in St. Louis, Mo.
Miller is one of just 54 women's basketball players in the country to be named to the 2009 class. Those selected will take part in a two-and-a-half day workshop during the national convention.
"We're all really excited for Tara to be a part of this program," Butler head coach Beth Couture said, "because I know it's a big goal of hers to continue her basketball career in coaching. It's a great opportunity for her and we will be there to give all the support she needs along the way."
A native of Ramsey, Ind., Miller has excelled both on the court and in the classroom since joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2006. A starter in 50 of her 71 career games played, she has totaled over 350 career points and nearly 200 assists while serving as a team co-captain this season. She also boasts a 3.088 grade point average as a communication studies major.
The So You Want To Be A Coach Program was designed to increase the amount of minorities in the coaching profession, by providing a workshop based on educational and professional principles to help those interested in the field.
The coaching lessons shared with these participants will assist in identifying, recruiting and retaining minority women in the profession of coaching. At this year's workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some high level professionals such as University of Washington assistant coach Fred Applin, Marist College assistant coach Keila Whittington, St. Louis University head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller and many others.
For qualification, the potential candidate must have exhausted her final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach has to nominate them and must be an active WBCA member.
Each participant is selected based on their academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.