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Conradt, Sharp to Serve as Keynote Speakers at A Step Up Event Hall of Fame Coaches to Address Participants on Friday & Saturday

Legendary women’s basketball coaches Jody Conradt and Marsha Sharp will serve as keynote speakers at A Step Up Dallas 2012, as part of the Legends Series sponsored by the NCAA. Conradt will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Sharp will headline the Legends Breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The three-day professional development symposium, developed by Felicia Hall Allen & Associates, will take place at the Sheraton Dallas hotel in Dallas, Texas April 27-29. Women’s basketball assistant coaches from all collegiate divisions are expected to attend the event.

Symposium hosts Johnny and Felicia Allen said the Dallas symposium would not have been complete without the Hall of Fame coaches.

“We are honored to have two of the most decorated women’s basketball coaches from the state of Texas speak at A Step Up:Dallas,” said the Allens. “Coach Conradt and Coach Sharp have distinguished themselves not only as champions of the game but as teachers for so many coaches who desire to follow in their footsteps.”

A coaching career that spanned 38 years, Conradt held the helm at the University of Texas for 31 years, before retiring in 2007. She finished her coaching career with 900 victories, currently second to Tennessee’s Pat Summit in division one women’s basketball and fourth overall in division one basketball among men and women

Sharp spent 24 seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech University, leading the Red Raiders to a national championship in 1993. Sharp says she is happy to be a part of the event partly because she believes the symposium is very important for women’s basketball.

“I think it is a great event to help coaches take the next step in the profession and hopefully continue to give them ideas that will impact their future,” Sharp said. “It also allows people who are fortunate to have been part of the game to help the sport grow with the next group of bright young coaches.”

The inaugural symposium was held in 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011 the event moved to Chicago, Illinois where coaching pioneer Teresa Grentz and ESPN analyst and former Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck served as the event’s first keynote speakers of the Legends Series.

For information about ‘A Step Up: Dallas 2012 or to register for the event visit http://www.feliciahallallen.com . Stay up to date on the event via twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AStepUpFHA or via blog at: http://www.upliftingcoaches.wordpress.com

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