Golen Chosen for WBCA’s ‘So You Want To Be a Coach’

Golen Chosen for WBCA’s ‘So You Want To Be a Coach’

Golen is one of 50 members of the 2013 'So You Want To Be a Coach' Class (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Emma Golen of the Harvard women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 11th annual WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach" program. 

Each of the 50 members of the 2013 class will participate in a three-day workshop that will be held in conjunction with the annual WBCA National Convention, which will take place Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, at the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four in New Orleans, La.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to participate in this program. It will be a great stepping stone for my future career aspirations," Golen said. "I am looking forward to meeting all the current coaches and student-athletes who will be participating in the program as I begin to build a strong network."

This year's applicant pool was one of the largest and most impressive classes in program's history. In order to be considered for selection, candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility or have graduated within the year. 

Participants are chosen based on their academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach. 

"Emma has always had a great court IQ, which has been invaluable to our program," said Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard women's basketball head coach. "I can't think of anyone better to be a coach an am very excited for her to have this opportunity."

The main objective of the program is to assist female college basketball players who are interested in pursuing a career in coaching women's basketball by increasing their awareness of the skills and competencies required to secure a coaching position. 

The workshop also enables coaching candidates to network with women's basketball coaches and administrators and acquire a sense of the existing talent pool of women's basketball players who are interested in pursuing coaching opportunities. 

A number of current assistant and head women's basketball coaches will be speaking at this year's event including 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.

Golen is a member of one of the most successful senior classes in Harvard history helping the Crimson to 73 victories over the last four seasons including a 40-14 record in Ivy League play, and two appearances in the WNIT. With 32 career starts, the six foot, forward recorded career-highs last season in every category, earning her the team's Most Improved Player award. Shooting over 40.0 percent from the three-point line each for the last two seasons, the captain was statistically the best three point shooter in the nation for five weeks at the beginning of the season. The Novi, Mich., native will graduate in May with a degree in psychology. 

Golen and the Crimson will take their final Ivy League road trip of the season this weekend to face Columbia Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and Cornell Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.