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Close to 200 College Basketball Coaches from Across the Country Take A STEP UP in Charlotte to Elevate the Game and Their Performance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 9, 2016) – For the last six years, Johnny and Felicia Allen of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates have provided a professional forum for men’s and women’s college assistant basketball coaches to share ideas, tips and strategies on how to develop the traits that Championship teams and staffs consistently exhibit.

On May 9-11, 2016, hundreds of assistant coaches from California to Vermont will convene at the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte (N.C.) for A Step Up 2016. The symposium offers a forum specifically designed to offer professional development to college assistant basketball coaches.

The three-day professional development symposium will feature some of the nation’s top assistant coaches. An on-court skills development clinic to kick off the event on May 9 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Johnson C. Smith University (Brayboy Gymnasium). The on court skills development clinic features former WNBA Championship and Hall of Fame Coach Lin Dunn, Fred Chmiel (SEC Champions – South Carolina), Kelly Bond (former National Champions -Texas A&M) and Charlton Young (Florida State). Other speakers include Loyola Marymount’s head coach Mike Dunlap formerly of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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BASKETBALL COACHES READY TO TAKE A STEP UP IN CHARLOTTE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 28, 2015) – Johnny and Felicia Allen will welcome several hundred men’s and women’s college basketball coaches from across the nation to Charlotte this weekend for their sixth annual A STEP UP professional development symposium hosted by Felicia Hall Allen & Associates. A Step Up was specifically designed for college basketball assistant coaches to allow them to gather in a professional will take place at the Omni Charlotte City Center May 1-3.

Friday evening nationally regarded search firms representatives Bill Carr, CarrSports, LLC and Jeff Schemmel, Collegiate Sports Solutions will offer insights to coaches about how to get on the radar of a search and leave a lasting impression in the interview. A networking reception will follow.

Johnson C. Smith University athletic director and head men’s basketball coach Steve Joyner will greet coaches at the Brayboy Gymnasium on Friday, May 1 at 12:30 pm for an on-court basketball skills development clinic. Some of the facilitators include former ACC Coach and new head coach at DePaul University, Dave Leitao, new to the SEC University of Tennessee assistant coach Rob Lanier, former NBA Coach Brendan Suhr and former University of Kentucky Head Coach and long time Tennessee Assistant, currently at Louisiana Tech University, assistant coach Mickie DeMoss.

On Saturday, May 2 at 8:30 am Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach and WNBA Championship Indiana Fever, former head coach Lin Dunn will deliver the Legends Series opening keynote, sponsored by the NCAA, at the Legends Breakfast. Regarded as one of the most successful women’s basketball coaches in history, Dunn led the Fever to five trips to the conference finals and a pair of appearances in the WNBA Finals. 2015 NCAA Final Four assistant coaches South Carolina Gamecock, Nikki McCray and former Maryland Terrapin, Tina Langley now Rice Head Coach will share with their coaching colleagues thoughts about building a championship culture and team players.

ESPN SEC Network’s Maria Taylor will moderate several sessions while current basketball analysts Nell Fortner and LaChina Robinson will share what they’ve seen and heard behind the scenes this season. University of Maryland Senior Associate Athletic Director, Damon Evans will conclude the 3-day event on Sunday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

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10 Coaches Awarded the 2015 NCAA Ethnic Minority Female Scholarship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 27, 2015) – Felicia Hall Allen & Associates congratulates the 10 recipients of the NCAA UPLIFT Scholarship sponsored by the NCAA committee on Women’s Athletics and the Minorities Opportunities and Interest Committee. The scholarship covers the cost of registration and provides a stipend of $300 to assist with travel to A STEP UP Charlotte. The professional development symposium for basketball assistant coaches will be held May 1 – 3 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel and Johnson C. Smith University.

Since 2011 the NCAA women’s Athletics and Minorities Opportunities committee has partnered with Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and A STEP UP to give new and aspiring college basketball assistant coaches the opportunity to attend the three-day professional development symposium.

This year’s recipients include:
Kachine Alexander – assistant coach, North Dakota State University
Shanay Bradley – assistant coach, State University of New York
Kiaira Cooper – assistant coach, Coastal Covenant College
Natasha Doh – assistant coach, Langston University
Lisa Lee – assistant coach, University of Charleston
Jade Leitao – head coach, Barry University
Jamarra Robinson – assistant coach, Indian River State College
Amanda Sepulveda – assistant coach, AAU New Jersey Demons
Courtney Strauthers – assistant coach, Florida Southern College
Jasmine Young – assistant coach, Virginia Union University

Coaches are chosen from a pool of candidates who are asked to submit a scholarship application and include a resume, reference letter and a personal statement outlining how they believe A Step Up will enhance their professional development.

For more information on A Step Up, log on to http://www.feliciahallallen.com

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Owens Earns First Assistant Coach of the Year Award from A Step Up

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 3, 2014) – University of Notre Dame associate head coach Carol Owens was named the 2014 A Step Up Assistant Coach of the Year, presented by Felicia Hall Allen & Associates. Owens was recognized Saturday morning at the Legends Breakfast of the 2014 A Step Up: Fort Lauderdale 2014 professional development symposium at the Hilton Marina Hotel.

This is the first year the award has been given out at the professional development symposium. Coaches were chosen based on criteria which included team success, team improvement from previous season, fulfillment of team potential, and the professional manner and attitude of the coach. The winners were selected by division one collegiate women’s basketball head coaches and assistant coaches.

“I am shocked but humbled because there are a lot of great assistant coaches out there, “said Owens. “I am work with a great staff and I am fortunate to work with Muffet (McGraw) who is also my mentor. I wouldn’t be a able to have the opportunities I have if it wasn’t for the Notre Dame program and Coach McGraw.”

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Carol Owens accepts 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Widely considered one of the nation’s top assistant and premiere post coach over the last two decades, Owens has spent 14 seasons at Notre Dame, where the fighting Irish have compiled a 390-90 (.812) record, won a national championship (2001), played in the national championship game three times and reached the NCAA Final Four six times.

Owens has also been a standout internationally with USA Basketball. In 2008 she was named 2008 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year. She also captured two gold medals as head coach of the USA’s U18 team in 2008 and U19 team in 2009.

In her tenure at Notre Dame Owens has helped develop careers of several post players including her most recent pupil forward Natalie Achonwa, who averaged 14.9 ppg and 7.7 rpg in her senior season and was selected in the first round of the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever. Others include Ruth Riley, a three-time All-America selection, 2001 national player of the year and 13-year WNBA veteran where she won two WNBA titles; and Devereaux Peters, current forward with the WNBA Minnesota Lynx, who captured the 2013 WNBA championship.

Away from the court, Owens has been actively involved in the women’s basketball community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Black Coaches Administrators and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). In 2012 she was chosen as the BCA president for 2012-13.

2014 Assistant Coach Top 25 List

  1. Carol Owens, Notre Dame
  2. Nikki McCray, South Carolina
  3. Andrew Calder, North Carolina
  4. Marlin Chinn, Maryland
  5. Chris Dailey, Connecticut
  6. Kim Brewton, Middle Tennessee
  7. Bob Starkey, Texas A&M
  8. Mary Grimes, Albany
  9. Dean Lockwood, Tennessee
  10. Lisa Boyer, South Carolina
  11. Travis Mays, Texas
  12. Jolette Law, Tennessee
  13. Nikki West, North Carolina State
  14. Tia Jackson, Rutgers
  15. Tina Langley, Maryland
  16. Kelly Bond White, Texas A&M
  17. Al Brown, Duke
  18. Kia Damon, Penn State
  19. Kyra Elzy, Tennessee
  20. Jesse Fleming, Bowling Green
  21. Stephanie Norman, Louisville
  22. Mark Campbell, Oregon State
  23. Shea Ralph, Connecticut
  24. Charmin Smith, CAL Berkley
  25. Amy Tucker, Stanford

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12 Coaches Awarded the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship

2014 NCAA Scholarship recipients and Sarah Sadowski of the NCAA.

2014 NCAA Scholarship recipients and Sarah Sadowski of the NCAA.


ncaa_logo_newCHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 3, 2014) – Felicia Hall Allen & Associates congratulates the 12 recipients of the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship sponsored by the NCAA. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014, the professional development symposium for basketball assistant coaches which will be held May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.

“We are privileged to support the career advancement and development of our future basketball leaders,” stated Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and co-founder of A STEP UP. “This experience will answer any and all questions that they have had about the intercollegiate coaching profession and what it takes to be successful.”

Since 2011 the NCAA leadership development department has partnered with Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and A STEP UP to give new assistant coaches or those wanting to break into the coaching profession the opportunity to attend the three-day event.

“Educational opportunities like this are crucial to the maturation process of women’s basketball coaches,” said Curtis J. Hollomon, director of leadership development at the NCAA. “We are proud to assist in opening doors for these driven women, and are excited to watch as they grab the opportunity to succeed and continue the excellence within women’s intercollegiate basketball.”

This year’s recipients include: Danielle Beneby – assistant coach, Broward College; Brittany Christian – assistant coach, Cheyney University; Porche Grant – director of basketball operations, Coastal Carolina; Ashley Johnson – former student-athlete, Louisiana State University; Latara King – graduate assistant, Florida State University; Diana Martinez – head coach, Stonewall Jackson High School; Bridgette Mitchell – assistant coach, Wagner College; Ashley Roberts – senior student-athlete, University of Texas; La’Tavia Rorie – assistant coach, St. Francis University (Pa.); Tierra Rudd – assistant coach, Winston-Salem State University; Amber Smith – graduate assistant, University of Tennessee; Jocelyn Wyatt – assistant coach, Georgia State University

Candidates are chosen from a pool of applicants who are asked to submit a scholarship application and include a resume, a list of references and a personal statement outlining how they believe A STEP UP will enhance their professional development.

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MBB Symposium Speakers Announced: Ft Lauderdale May 2 – 4

Charlotte, N.C. (March 12, 2014) – Since 2010, Felicia Hall Allen & Associates has provided a platform for college basketball coaches to share their experiences and insight on what it takes to be one of the best in the business. On Wednesday, FHA &Associates announced the men’s basketball speakers its’ annual professional development symposium, for A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014, scheduled for May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel.

The speaker roster includes Chris Caputon (University of Miami), Mike Flynn (Blue Star Basketball), Robert Kirby (University of Memphis), Rob Lanier (University of Texas), Dave Leitao  (University of Missouri) and Brad Underwood, head coach at Stephen F. Austin,  Boo Williams (founder of AAU Boo Williams Summer League) and Charlton Young (Florida State University).

Caputo spent the last 12 seasons on head coach Jim larranaga staff , working his way up the coaching chain from video coordinator to now his third season as assistant coach. He also served as assistant coach for nine seasons at George Mason. He is primarily responsible for recruiting and scouting the opposition.

Flynn is owner and operator of Blue Star Basketball and U.S. Junior Nationals. He is a National Evaluator and publishes the Blue Star Report which ranks the top 100 high school girls basketball players in the nation. He also serves as a consultant to Gatorade for girls basketball, a member of the McDonalds All –American selection committee, and a consultant for Nike Global Basketball.

Kirby is in his first season as an assistant coach at Memphis after previous stints at LSU, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Houston, Southeastern Louisiana and University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Kirby has nearly 30 years of coaching experience and is recognized by Rivals.com as one of the nation’s top recruiters.

Lanier, the well travelled coach is in his third season as associate head coach at the University of Texas. Lanier, who previously served as head coach at Siena College and as an assistant coach at Texas, has also held assistant coaching positions at Florida, Virginia, Rutgers and St. Bonaventure.

Leitao, enters his second season as an assistant coach at Missouri. He had two head coaching stints at DePaul and at Virginia, where he earned ACC coach of the Year honors in 2007. A prodigy of Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun, Leitao was an assistant at Connecticut for nine seasons from 1986-1994.

Underwood’s coaching career spans over 27 years with stops at South Carolina and his alma mater Kansas State, serving as an associate head coach and assistant coach with the Wildcats. He also spent  10 years as an assistant coach at Western Illinois. This is his first season as head coach with the Lumberjacks

Williams, founded the Boo Williams Summer league in 1982, which is a Youth Basketball Organization in Hampton Roads region of Virginia. He also helped fund and build the Boo Williams Sportsplex, which is a multi-purpose, eight court, sport facility that hosts several basketball games throughout the year. Williams has coached and mentored over 2,500 student athletes both male and female and holds one of the most prestigious AAU tournaments in the country.

Young, in his second season with the Seminoles, has built a reputation as one of the top young recruiters in the game. He has held assistant coaching positions at Auburn, Jacksonville, Northeastern, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the FSU, Young spent three seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern.

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About the Symposium
A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance) is a career building and professional development opportunity for assistant basketball coaches, developed by the husband and wife team of Johnny and Felicia Allen. Its’ mission is to help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights and develop strategies, techniques and tactics to help them reach their full coaching potential. Each year Felicia Hall Allen & Associates chooses a different city to host the symposium. The inaugural symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The event moved to Chicago last year and adopted the name – A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance). In addition to Fort Lauderdale there have been four other sites to host A STEP UP (Atlanta 2010, Chicago 2011, Dallas 2012 and Charlotte 2013).  Fort Lauderdale marks the fifth symposium for the women basketball coaches and the third for the men.

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WBB Speakers Announced For A Step Up: Fort Lauderdale

Some of the Best in the Set to Business Share Coaching Insights

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 4, 2014) – Felicia Hall Allen & Associates announced the speakers roster for their Assistant Basketball Coaches Symposium, A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate & Uplift Professionals).The Symposium, to be conducted May 2 – 4, in Fort Lauderdale and is expected to bring together hundreds of assistant basketball coaches, as well as current and former head coaches and athletic administrators from all divisions of basketball around the country.

The speakers’ roster includes coaches from several Division I top 25 programs, one of the most respected Division II coaches in the country, an NCAA Official who has coached in both the NBA and WNBA, and basketball legends.

A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014 Speakers Include Assistant and Associate Head Coaches: Lisa Boyer (South Carolina), Al Brown (Duke), Kelly Bond (Texas A&M), Tia Jackson (Rutgers), Travis Mays (Texas), Robert Mosley (Georgia), Katie O’Connor (Kansas), Sean O’Reagan (James Madison), Bob Starkey (Texas A&M) and Maren Walseth (Penn State). Head Coaches include: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany), LeAnn Freeland (Nova Southeastern) and Joe Tartamella (St. John’s). Making special appearances are Dee Kantner (NCAA Official and WNBA Supervisor of Officials); and Basketball Legends: Mike Flynn (Blue Star) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams Basketball).

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About the Symposium
A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance) is a career building and professional development opportunity for assistant basketball coaches, developed by the husband and wife team of Johnny and Felicia Allen. Its’ mission is to help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights and develop strategies, techniques and tactics to help them reach their full coaching potential. Each year Felicia Hall Allen & Associates chooses a different city to host the symposium. The inaugural symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The event moved to Chicago last year and adopted the name – A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance). In addition to Fort Lauderdale there have been four other sites to host A STEP UP (Atlanta 2010, Chicago 2011, Dallas 2012 and Charlotte 2013). Fort Lauderdale marks the fifth symposium for the women basketball coaches and the third for the men

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A Step Up Symposium moves to the sunshine state in 2014

Felicia Hall Allen & Associates announced today that A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance) will move to south Florida in 2014. The annual professional development symposium, which hosts collegiate men’s and women’s basketball assistant coaches and college administrators from across the United States, will take place May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Symposium participants chose South Florida as their top destination for the three-day event, now in its’ fifth year, after also considering Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C., who hosted the 2013 event.

“It’s a perfect fit for A Step Up,” said Felicia Allen, president and CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates. Saying that Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful place with sandy beaches and hot, sunny weather she added, “Fort Lauderdale offers a warm and relaxed yet upbeat environment much like the atmosphere we like to create with our coaches during the symposium.”

Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, says they are excited about the opportunity to host the event. “We warmly welcome A Step Up and their prestigious group of coaches to Fort Lauderdale to be able to showcase some of our best sports venues and tropical pleasures,” said Grossman.

“Coaches can be prepared to work hard and play hard. Bring your iPad and your beach towel and enjoy this life changing experience,” stated symposium director Johhny Allen.

Registration for A Step Up: Fort Lauderdale 2014 begins January 1. For more information on the symposium, log on to http://www.feliciahallallen.com.

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Basketball coaches ready to take A Step Up in Charlotte

– Hundreds of collegiate men’s and women’s basketball coaches from Division I, Division II and Division III will gather in Charlotte this weekend for the fourth annual A STEP UP professional development symposium hosted by Felicia Hall Allen & Associates. A Step Up, specifically designed for college basketball assistant coaches will take place at the Marriott Charlotte City Center May 3-5.

University of North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell will deliver the Legends Series opening keynote, sponsored by the NCAA, at the Legends Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m. Hatchell, who will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September, earned her 900th victory on February 13 joining Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summit, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer as the only Division I women’s basketball coaches to reach that milestone. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and former Indiana head coach Bobby Knight are also members of the exclusive club.

Sessions on Saturday will also include a financial wellness presentation – Developing Your Financial Game plan – by Michael Brinkley, Vice President of Fifth Third Bank.

Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball coach Steve Joyner will welcome coaches to Brayboy Gymnasium for the first event of A STEP UP:Charlotte2013 at 1 p.m. on Friday , an on-court basketball skills clinic facilitated by Karen Lange of the North Carolina Charlotte 49ers, University of Tennessee assistant Dean Lockwood, Brendan Suhr from the University of Central Florida and Mike Rhoades of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Athletic Administrators Judy Rose (UNCC) and Stan Wilcox (Duke University) will conclude the 3-day event on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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FHA to Address Athletic Administrators at NCAA Symposium

Indianapolis, IN – Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates, will
conduct a professional development training session with collegiate athletic
administrators at the 2012 NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Education and Training
Symposium (ETS) for Life Skills Professionals. Her message will offer
symposium participants best practices as it relates to leading student-athletes and
building their individual brand.

The event will provide an overview of the current state of collegiate athletics as it
pertains to the athletic administrator’s role.

The symposium will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown on
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14 for professionals at NCAA member
institutions and conference offices who support student-athletes in any capacity.

For questions regarding the symposium contact Ron Brewer at (317) 917.6970.

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About NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs
The NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs unit provides life skills support in the areas of
academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service through
the distribution of accessible resources, strategic partnerships and customized
programming at little or no expense to member institutions. Student-Athlete Affairs
programs, resources and events are designed to promote the well-being and
development of student-athletes and to provide ongoing education and training to
athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs.

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