March 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - Senior Ki-Ke Rafiu (Offa, Nigeria./Saint Neumann-Goretti [Pa.]) of the Georgetown University women's basketball team has been named to the Class of 2016 for the 14th-annual `So You Want To Be A Coach' program run by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Rafiu was one of 75 student-athletes selected to participate in the three-day workshop held April 1-3, 2016, in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Indianapolis.
Rafiu is a two-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and a WBCA Good Works Nominee. She is set to graduate from Georgetown with a degree in justice and peace studies and a minor in computer science.
The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.
"The interest in the 'So You Want To Be A Coach' program has been very strong this year, and we are excited to continue equipping and guiding so many young, aspiring coaches," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces this important entry-level program and we expect to see these student-athletes develop into great leaders and ambassadors for the game of women's basketball."
"So" participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their 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 her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.