NCAA Women Coaches Academy

coaches_academy_wcThe NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) is a 4-day educational training open to coaches of all experience levels that offers non-sport-specific program management strategies, with a special focus on philosophy development and building your skills and knowledge about planning, communication, legal issues, ethics, hiring, supervising staff, conflict resolution, learning styles and achieving success.

The academy is for women coaches from NCAA-sponsored sports at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions. Since the first WCA session in 2003, 37 academies have taken place, producing more than 1,500 graduates.

The application period for the 2016 Summer Academies has closed.

NOTE: You must be an Alliance member (or become a member) to be eligible for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. Learn more about membership options.


Want to bypass the waitlist?

You may Pay Your Way to the WCA for full tuition cost. This is offered first-come, first-serve and based on availability. For questions or to Pay Your Way, contact us.

WCA Program Overview & Curriculum

The WCA is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. As a participant, you will learn non-sport-specific coaching skills that go way beyond the Xs and Os. In the company and understanding of your peers, you will have the opportunity to bond with, teach and learn from each other.

You must be a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches to apply for the WCA.

The WCA has three objectives:

1) Skills Development
To provide women coaches with professional development in areas outside the specifics of their sport. Topics include management strategies, decision-making, ethics, leadership, legal issues and communication skills.

2) Retention
To inspire and motivate women coaches to remain in the coaching profession. We aim to expand your knowledge, perspective and skill base, allowing you to gain confidence and determination to set career goals, become more competent and attain career success.

3) Mentoring & Collaboration
To provide a framework for interaction between women in all aspects of athletics – from peers to pioneers. WCA classes are made up of the most dedicated NCAA women coaches from across the country. When success-minded women come together in a collective educational environment, networking turns into collaboration and mentoring, and everyone benefits.

WCA Core Curriculum

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations subject to a 15% non-refundable administration fee.  Cancellation requests received more than sixty (60) days prior to the event are eligible for a full refund less administration fee.  Cancellation requests received thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to the event are eligible for a 50% refund less administration fee. Cancellation requests made within thirty (30) days prior to the event are non-refundable and may not be applied to future event registrations, no exceptions.  Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Please contact us with your request.

The Judy Sweet Award

The Judy Sweet Award recognizes two members of each academy team whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others’ personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers. This award is granted via nomination by fellow classmates at each WCA program.

Judy Sweet is the first female president of the NCAA, a pioneer with a storied coaching and athletics administration career, and a tireless crusader for Title IX. She truly believes in the power of sharing our personal and professional stories. Through her caring and commitment, Judy’s leadership has guided the WCA into the success story that it is today.

Judy Sweet Award Winners

The Judy Sweet Award winners from the 2015 NCAA WCA Class #37:

Lisa Morgan-Richman,
Bloomfield College,
Head Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach


Kerry Messersmith,
University of Alabama Birmingham,
Head Volleyball Coach.