Geno Auriemma has been named to serve on a prominent committee that will study the playing rules and officiating in women’s college basketball, according to the WBCA.
In meetings last week in Atlanta, the WBCA took action to further study the conclusions made by Val Ackerman, now the Commissioner of the Big East, in her White Paper. Ackerman’s report suggests that many changed need to be made in the way the sport is conducted, administered and marketed.
Sue Semrau, head coach at Florida State and the new president of the WBCA, assigned board members to three working groups, each co-chaired by two members of the association’s Executive Committee, to focus on a particular topic and develop recommendations for consideration by the entire board. Each group met briefly to begin their discussions and will continue them by teleconference in the coming weeks.
Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell, the association’s secretary, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, and West Coast Conference deputy commissioner Connie Hurlbut will co-chair the rules and officiating group that will focus on whether or not the right rules are in place going forward and how the game is officiated. Members will include Anucha Browne, NCAA; Nikki Caldwell, LSU; Carmen Dolfo, Western Washington; Brandan Harrell, Georgia Highlands College; Patricia Manning, Williams College; Joanne McCallie, Duke; Melissa McFerrin, Memphis; Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State; and Dawn Staley, South Carolina.
Penn State head coach Coquese Washington, the association’s vice president, and Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw co-chair the Legislation and Governance group, which will focus on how the WBCA can more effectively participate in the NCAA legislative process, and how the WBCA’s own governance structure might be improved in order to have a more efficient organization. Members include Claudette Charney, Hillsdale College; Diane Dickman, NCAA; Kelly Graves, Gonzaga; Danielle O’Banion, Kent State; Martha Putallaz, faculty athletic representatives; Jennifer Rizzotti, Hartford; Christy Thomaskutty, Emory; and Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson, the association’s treasurer, and Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne, the immediate past president, co-chair a group that will focus on educational programming that will provide opportunities to become better coaches as well as explore the feasibility of establishing a certification service for coaches of women’s basketball. Members include Amanda Butler, Florida; Tricia Cullop, Toledo; Aaron Johnston, South Dakota State; Mary Klinger, Rutgers Prep; Lisa Mispley Fortier, Gonzaga; Kirsten Moore, Westmont College; Mary Beth Spirk, Moravian College; Carol Callan, USA Basketball; and Todd Starkey, Lenoir-Rhyne.