SDSU's Gabrielle Clark Named to WBCA's "So You Want to be a Coach" Program

Feb. 28, 2013

courtesy of SDSU Athletics Media Relations

ATLANTA - San Diego State forward Gabrielle Clark was one of 50 student-athletes selected to the 11th annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, as announced Thursday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Aztec senior from Los Angeles will participate in the prestigious three-day workshop held in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention, April 5-7, in New Orleans, La.

A three-year letterwinner, Clark, who was a member of SDSU's NCAA tournament teams in 2009 and 2012, moved into a starting role this season, helping the Aztecs win their last 13 games to clinch at least a share of the Mountain West title.

The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.

"So" participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life. College coaches speaking at the event this year include Oklahoma State assistant coach Richard Henderson, Penn State head coach Coquese Washington, Nebraska assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, University of Alabama-Birmingham head coach Audra Smith and Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Qualified candidates 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.