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NWCA Leadership Academy for Women’s Programs


Women's Academy
July 31 - August 2, 2018

The NWCA, through a collaborative effort with internationally renowned coaching development expert, Dr. Dan Gould at Michigan State University, has constructed a gold standard leadership program for coaches of women’s collegiate programs. This academy whelp college coaches accomplish the following: Strengthen their CEO skills, strengthen the alignment of wrestling programs with educational values, develop best practices for working with women programs and insulate their programs from being discontinued.


Participating coaches have the opportunity to sharpen their CEO skills by completing the following aspects of the Academy:
110 Online Modules

Complete ten (2 hour) online modules that promote important CEO principles

2Program Assessment Survey

Complete a “program assessment survey” to identify specific aspects of a college team that may result in the program being vulnerable to being discontinued.

3360 Evaluation

Complete a 360 evaluation in an effort to understand how administrators, wrestlers, alumni, and parents view the coach’s proficiency in various areas.

42 Day Academy Workshop

Attend a 2 day Academy workshop where a facilitator conducts small group discussions with participating coaches and mentors to help Academy participants customize the general concepts learned in the online modules to meet their needs on their respective campuses.

5Mentoring Program

Participate in a mentoring program whereby the coach can receive ongoing guidance from a season veteran coach and/or athletic administrator.

6Portfolio Assembly

Assemble a portfolio to demonstrate that all key program areas are at or above an acceptable standard.

7Complete Workbook

Turn in a completed workbook prior to the start of the academy to the assigned mentor.

8NWCA Convention

Attend the NWCA Convention (Summer/Women Academy only).


The NWCA, through the efforts of a few very generous donors, is able to provide full scholarships (airfare, lodging, meals, convention registration) for a pre-determined number of coaches per academy.  To qualify for the full scholarship, the nominated coach MUST agree to all the program details.

You will be reimbursed your travel within 10 days of successfully completing the leadership academy. This would include completing all prerequisites and attending the leadership academy. For the summer academy, this would include attending all educational sessions of the convention. This is clearly outlined in the handbook.


To those who are currently completing the NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy, you should have a unique log in and password that would have been sent to you through Michigan State University. These codes would have been issued through MSU via email from an address listed:


See a list of past mentors and coaches who have been a part of the leadership academy.