June 17, 2011
NEW YORK - Loyola University Maryland Head Women's Basketball Coach Joe Logan recently took part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Center For Coaching Excellence (CCE) seminar at Columbia University.
Twenty-eight college coaches from across the country attended the elite invitation-only event that focused on leadership and providing a deeper understanding of the importance of ethics and integrity. Two sessions of the inaugural seminar were held on separate weekends in New York, and Logan participated in the second of the two.
"I was honored to take part in the Center for Coaching Excellence, and it provided me with many valuable ideas that I will bring back to Loyola and my everyday life," Logan said. "The Center is a tool that I hope all coaches will one-day have the opportunity to experience. The sessions highlighted the importance of strong and ethical leadership.
"I would also like to thank the WBCA, (Columbia Director of Athletics) Dr. Dianne Murphy, who administered the program, and (Connecticut Head Coach) Geno Auriemma who financially supported it."
Beth Bass, the WBCA's Chief Executive Officer said, "The WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence conducted in partnership with Columbia University is the ultimate leadership and ethics program for coaches and is the first of its kind for college women's basketball. The 2011 sessions were an overwhelming success and we are excited by the CCE's potential."
The CCE provided an unparalleled, exclusive learning experience for the WBCA Board of Directors and NCAA Division I conference captains. Utilizing collaborative and interactive learning sessions along with lectures and panel discussions featuring experts in college athletics, the CCE offered college women's basketball coaches with valuable networking opportunities with their peers and top industry leaders.
"The WBCA Board of Directors recognizes the pressures to win can lead coaches to make poor choices and engage in unethical behavior," Bass added. "The board commissioned the establishment of the CCE to proactively safeguard the integrity of women's basketball by providing head coaches, as well as associate and assistant coaches, the professional skills and personal ethics training necessary to be exceptional leaders."
Logan led the 2010-2011 Greyhounds to one of the most successful seasons in Loyola history. The team finished with a 21-12 record, logging a school record for victories in a season. The Greyhounds went finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 15-3 record, also a school-best for conference wins.
During the postseason, Loyola advanced to the MAAC Championship Game and then received its first-ever bid to the Women's NIT. The Greyhounds defeated Old Dominion in the WNIT First Round, the first win by a Loyola basketball team in post-conference play.