NCAA Women Coaches Academy

coaches_academy_wcThe Women Coaches Academy (WCA), hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, is a 4-day educational training open to NCAA 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 of NCAA-sponsored sports (or emerging-sports) at NCAA Division I, II, or III member institutions. Since the first WCA session in 2003, forty-two Academies have taken place, producing more than 1,650 graduates.

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  • You must be a woman coach of an NCAA Division I, II, III sponsored-sport or emerging sport
  • You must be an Alliance member (or become a member) to be eligible for the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. Learn more about membership options. Not sure if your membership is current? Check your status or contact us.
  • You must be available to attend the entire Academy, no exceptions (begins at 2:00pm MT on arrival day; concludes at 1:30pm MT on final day


  • Each coach is responsible for paying $650 of the tuition in addition to travel expenses. The remainder of the tuition cost covering hotel, meals, and training materials is generously provided through an NCAA grant.

2017 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #43
Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2017 | Denver



Academy 2.0 is launching this Fall. Applications will be accepted through Sept 20.
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HBCU Woman of Color Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships will be awarded to three (3) women of color from HBCU institutions. Any woman of color who is currently in the position of head, associate or assistant coach of an NCAA sponsored sport (or emerging sport) at any HBCU institution. The NCAA’s Office of Inclusion will provide the opportunity for three individuals to attend NCAA Women Coaches Academies at no cost to the participant. The Office of Inclusion is providing the cost of tuition ($650), membership for one year in the Alliance of Women Coaches ($99), and airfare (up to $500) to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy Nov 29-Dec 2, 2017.

Want to bypass the waitlist? Not an NCAA coach but want to attend? Missed the deadline to apply? You need the WCA Now?

You may Pay Your Way to the WCA for full tuition cost of $2750. This is offered first-come, first-served and based on availability. Any female coach is eligible to Pay Your Way. 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 educational 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 empower women coaches to remain in the coaching profession and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 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 and connection between women in all aspects of athletics, all sports and across all levels – from peers to experts and 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 as a co-founder of the Alliance helped make these opportunities possible.

The Judy Sweet Award winners from the 2016 NCAA WCA Class #40:

LaTia Harris,
Virginia State University,
Assistant Women’s SoftballCoach


JoAnne Ferguson,
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges,
Head Softball Coach