National Championship Coaches, Hall Of Famer Headline The 2nd Annual Assistant Basketball Coaches Professional Development Symposium In Chicago

Felicia Hall Allen & Associates will host its’ annual Assistant Basketball Coaches Symposium, A Step Up: Chicago 2011, at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago O’Hare. April 29 – May 1. A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate & Uplift Professionals) was specifically designed as a career building and professional development opportunity for women’s basketball assistant coaches.

Felicia Allen, a former NIKE Manager for women’s basketball and Team Executive in the WNBA, created the Symposium along with her husband Johnny Allen with one mission: to help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights and develop strategies, techniques and tactics to help them reach their full coaching potential.

“We believe that in order to grow the game we have to grow the people who support the leaders of the game, “said Felicia Allen. “We want the assistant coaches to understand the value and impact that they have on building a successful program when they embrace the idea that they can lead from where they are as assistant coaches.”

Texas A&M Associate Head Coach Kelly Bond and Notre Dame Assistant Coach Carol Owens headline a prominent panel of current and former head coaches, assistant coaches and athletic administrators for the three-day event. Bond and Owens faced off in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game on April 5 where Texas A&M captured its’ first ever title with a 76-70 win over the Fighting Irish.

“The weekend was a gift because it expanded my contact list of coaches who have shared plays, practice drills, recruiting ideas and more, “said
Bond, who participated in last year’s Symposium in Atlanta. “That’s what I love about the symposium. Sometimes we just need a vehicle to have our voices heard. Felicia & Johnny have their foot on the gas and are leading the charge of helping tomorrow’s voices be heard now.”

“There’s nothing like this anywhere else in the country as far as helping assistant coaches is concerned,” added Owens. “It’s exactly what we need in order to move our game and our profession forward, and to help mold not only great assistant coaches, but develop future head coaches as well.”

Joining Bond and Owens are Hall of Fame Coach Theresa Grentz and ESPN Analyst Carolyn Peck. Grentz spent 33-years as a head coach and was inducted into the women’s basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. She currently serves as the Vice President for University Advancement at her alma mater Immaculata

University. Peck led the Purdue Boilermakers to their first-ever NCAA national championship in 1998 becoming the first (and only) African-American woman to win the title.

“This is an essential event that Felicia is putting,” said Peck. “Having been an assistant coach myself and making the transition to head coach, I know the value of being able to share and learn from others in the business.”

Other panelist include Trena Anderson (Kansas), Jodie Kaczor Berry (Gonzaga), Eric Birch (Texas A&M), Al Brown (Duke), Greg Brown (UCF), Marlin Chinn (Maryland), Cori Close (Florida State), Michelle Edwards (Rutgers), Stephanie Glance (Illinois State), John Margaritas (UC Riverside), Stephanie Menio (Notre Dame), Kevin Morrison (Washington), Bobbi Morse (Washington Univ), Victoria Picott (Vanderbilt ), Pam Stackhouse (Kentucky), Bob Starkey (formally with LSU) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).

Presenters will engage symposium participants on topics such as ‘Crisis Management’, ‘Rising To The Top’, ‘Becoming A Champion’, ‘Winning The Right Way’, ‘Developing Game Changers’, and several others.

New to the 2011 Symposium is a professional development track for Directors of Basketball Operations and Assistants to the Head Coach. This year’s event will also include an On-Court Skills Development Clinic by Mike Procopio of Attack Athletics (Where The Pros Train). Procopio has worked with over 150 NBA players, including Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

The first symposium was held last year in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 100 coaches from universities and colleges around the country attended the two-day event. The name, A Step Up was developed for the 2011 Symposium.

To Register for A Step Up: Chicago 2011 visit:

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