WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Alliance of Women Coaches hosted the inaugural class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy 2.0 last month in Englewood, Colorado, and Wellesley College soccer Head Coach Missy Price was named the first recipient of the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award during the four-day program.
Named after Alliance Board of Directors President Dr. Cecile Reynaud, the award recognizes a member of each Academy 2.0 who embodies the characteristics of Coach Reynaud: leadership, commitment to personal development and the advancement of others, and a deep care and respect for the game. This award is granted via nomination by fellow classmates.
"When the Alliance of Women Coaches announced the Academy 2.0, I immediately applied because it's the only space where women coaches of all sports and NCAA levels collaborate and connect on all things coaching," said Price. "To be selected for the inaugural class and later recognized by my peers with the master coach award was humbling."
The NCAA Women Coaches Academy is designed to offer education, resources and support that female coaches need to stay and advance in the coaching profession. Price, who was named to the Alliance of Women Coaches Coached Council last year, was one of ten female coaches representing various sports across the country to attend Class #1 of Academy 2.0. She had previously attended Class #35 of the Women Coaches Academy in 2015. Price also became the first attendee of the Women Coaches Academy to earn both the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award and the Judy Sweet Award, having previously recieved the honor in 2015. The Judy Sweet Award, named after Alliance co- founder Judy Sweet, recognizes two members at each Academy whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others' personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers. The honor is also granted via nomination by fellow classmates.
"I believe it's our responsibility as coaches to develop in all aspects of the coaching profession. Investing in myself is a commitment I make to my student-athletes because I want to be the best for them and for my sport. I'm passionate about coaching and being part of the academies reminds you to give back, advocate, and celebrate women in coaching. The Academy 2.0 expanded my horizons on topics such as team development, recruiting, and self-awareness. I grew my network and cultivated resources to help me grow the program at Wellesley and enhance the experience of our student-athletes."
For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, and Academy 2.0, visit www.gocoaches.org.