NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont record-setting senior Darby Maggard has been invited to participate in the prestigious "So You Want To Be A Coach" program hosted by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the WBCA announced Tuesday.
Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) is one of just 60 players from around the country and across all levels of college women's basketball to earn a spot within the coaching program, which covers three days of workshops and runs in conjunction with the WBCA Convention, April 3-5. The convention precedes the NCAA's Women's Final Four and is located at the same site, this year in Tampa, Fla.
The objectives of the "So" program, now in its 17th year, 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.
Participants will learn about the administrative side of coaching, recruiting, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules and how to balance work and life.
"'So You Want To Be A Coach' is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 16 years ago," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "'So' is the entry point for women's basketball players who want to coach. Because of their participation in it, more than 400 former college women's basketball players are currently working as coaches or in some role in our sport."
The program has graduated more than 874 total participants in its 16 years. Maggard is just the second Belmont women's basketball player invited and the first since former Bruin Jordan Coleman drew an invitation following her senior year in 2013.
However, two members of Belmont's current coaching staff had participated before beginning their careers along the sideline. First-year assistant coach Christine Clark is a 2014 graduate of the program following her playing days at Harvard and second-year Belmont graduate assistant Joi Jones graduated from the program in 2017 after her senior season at Appalachian State.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. The candidate's head coach must nominate them and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.
Maggard is a four-year starter and point guard for the Belmont women's basketball team who earlier this season became the program's all-time leading scorer in its NCAA Division I Era. Prior to her senior season she was named to the 2019 national watch lists for both the Drysdale Award (top shooting guard) and Wade Trophy (top overall player).