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Callan Selected for WBCA Program

Olivia Callan will attend the 2017 WBCA Convention as part of the organizations "So You Want to be a Coach" program.
Olivia Callan will attend the 2017 WBCA Convention as part of the organizations "So You Want to be a Coach" program.

ATLANTA - Senior women's basketball standout Olivia Callan has been selected for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association "So You Want To Be A Coach" program in selections announced Monday by the organization.

Callan, one of 15 student-athletes from NCAA Division III and 61 across all three NCAA divisions as well as the NAIA, will participate in a three-day workshop held March 29-31 in Dallas, Texas as part of the WBCA National Convention.

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, and 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. 

"We continue to invest in young, aspiring coaches through our 'So You Want To Be A Coach' program," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces our support for this important entry-level program. We have high expectations for these graduating student-athletes and the future contributions they will make to the game of women's basketball."

Callan is a two-year co-captain of the Shenandoah University women's basketball program and an exercise science major from Columbia, Maryland. She has 54 starts in 82 career games and averages 5.1 points and 2.5 assists per outing.

"This is a great honor for Olivia," SU head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "The networking opportunities alone that she will have in Dallas will be tremendous and she will have every advantage possible in finding a college basketball coaching opportunity.

"I know she will make the most of this chance."

Note: Substantial information in this release was culled from WBCA release concerning the 2017 "So You Want To Be A Coach" class.
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