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ATLANTA Virginia senior point guard Sharne Zoll has been selected to participate in Nike’s So You Want To Be A Coach program, the organization recently announced. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is the host. This two-and-a-half day workshop will be held in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention on April 4-6 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Nike serves as the title sponsor for this tremendous program.

Zoll, a co-captain, recently became the ACC’s all-time assists leader and is averaging 8.8 points and 6.0 assists per game for Virginia (20-8, 8-4 ACC) this season.

“Nike is committed to growing women’s basketball and supporting those coaches involved in our game,” said Jill Pizzotti, Nike’s Manager of Women’s College Basketball. “We are proud to sponsor the So You Want To Be A Coach’ program, focused on developing and educating these chosen young ladies on the coaching profession.”

The WBCA has been a cornerstone in developing an organization that meets the needs of women, while promoting the game of basketball and its development, as well as unifying coaches on every level. The So You Want To Be A Coach Program was designed to increase the amount of minorities in the coaching profession, by providing a workshop based on educational and professional principles to help those interested in the field.

The coaching lessons shared with these participants will assist in identifying, recruiting and retaining minority women in the profession of coaching. At this year’s workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some high level professionals such as Penn State Head Coach Coquese Washington, Old Dominion Assistant Coach Nikita Dawkins, Black Coaches & Administrators Executive Director Floyd Keith and many others.

For qualification, the potential candidate 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.

2008 Class of Nike’s So You Want To Be A Coach
Janese Banks, Wisconsin
Monique Bassett, Bethune-Cookman
Chante Bowman, Kentucky
Jennifer Brown, James Madison
Psyche Butler, Robert Morris
Shannon Carlisle, Howard
Latoya Carter, Gardner-Webb
Alexis Castro, American International
Taushauna Churchwell, Grand Valley State
Monique Dawson, Western Carolina
Karmeshia Easly, West Florida
Ledella English, New Orleans
Ashley Ford, Nebraska
Leah Foster, Texas State
Adrienne Gilmore, Furman
Rita Grayson, Francis Marion
Reyna Gross, Howard
C’Vette Henson, George Mason
Jill Ingram, Georgia Tech
Amanda Jackson, Miami (Ohio)
Imesia Jackson, Mississippi State
Andrea Johnson, Tusculum College
Ciara Johnson, DePaul
Maripier Malo, St. Bonaventure
Dominee Matthews, Xavier (La.)
Tristan McCray, Bethune-Cookman
Katherine Menendez, North Central College
Amber Metoyer, Louisiana Tech
Daphne Mitchell, Georgia Tech
Janie Mitchell, Georgia Tech
Melissa Mitidiero, DePaul
Denasha Mondy, Bellarmine
Ashleigh Newman, Maryland
Chioma Nnamaka, Georgia Tech
Morgan Patrick, Stony Brook
Ashley Pellom, Western Carolina
Moesheda Pettus, Alabama-Huntsville
Renee Polk, West Florida
Nathalie Reshard, Alabama
Jade Robinson, Kennesaw State
Asha Santee, Howard
Lindsey Shiomi, University of La Verne
Courtney Simmons, Louisville
Tiowana Spann, WVU Tech
Ashli Summerville, College of Charleston
Lori Tanaka, University of Chicago
Alisha Tatham, Massachusetts
Terese Thorton, Howard
Brittney Vaughn, Arkansas
Cecilia Ware, Coastal Carolina
Andrea Williams, New Orleans
Ketrina Wilson, Georgia Tech
Sharne Zoll, Virginia

About Nike
If you have a body, you are an athlete. Bill Bowerman said this a couple of decades ago. The guy was right. It defines how he viewed the world, and it defines how Nike pursues its destiny. Nike is a language of sports, a universally understood lexicon of passion and competition. What started with a handshake between two running geeks in sleepy Eugene, Oregon, is now the world’s most competitive sports and fitness company. The world headquarters is in Beaverton, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is Nike’s hometown, but like so many ambitious souls, they have expanded their horizons to every corner of the world. Nike employs approximately 25,000 people, and every one of them is significant to their mission of bringing inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. As small as they feel, the Nike family is a fairly vast enterprise. They operate on six continents. Their suppliers, shippers, retailers and service providers employ close to 1 million people. The diversity inherent in such size is helping Nike evolve its role as a global company. If you have a body, you are an athlete. And as long as there are athletes, there will be Nike.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit

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