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Collegiate Basketball Assistant Coaches Set To Convene In Dallas For Professional Development Symposium

DALLAS (April 26, 2012) – The annual A Step Up professional development symposiums for basketball assistant coaches will take place in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, beginning this weekend with the women’s event April 27-29. A Step Up Dallas 2012 concludes with the men’s symposium May 4-6. The three-day event, presented by Felicia Hall Allen & Associates, will bring together coaches from all levels of collegiate basketball, as well as Athletic Administrators and Directors of Basketball Operations.

“We are thrilled about bringing our Professional Development Symposium to Dallas the next two weekends, stated Felicia Hall Allen, who along with her husband Johnny Allen, created and facilitates A Step Up. “Typically coaches motivate and inspire others to achieve maximum results,” added Johnny Allen. “A Step Up will allow them to encourage and challenge one another to pursue their personal best on and off the
basketball court.”

A Step Up: Dallas 2012 will kick-off on Friday with an on-court basketball skills clinic at Southern Methodist University’s Crum Practice Facility at 1:30 p.m. Former Texas A&M University assistant and current Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer will headline the clinic, along with Bob Starkey, who replaced Schaefer at Texas A&M, Carol Owens of the University of Notre Dame, and Al Brown of Duke University.

Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt (Texas) will deliver the opening keynote Friday night as part of the Legends Series sponsored by the NCAA. Conradt joins legendary coach Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech), the featured speaker of the Legends Breakfast on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Richard Sander, former Athletics Director at Virginia Commonwealth University and founder of the Villa 7 program, is the featured keynote speaker for the men’s symposium.

Another addition to the 2012 symposium is the inclusion of a Director of Athletics panel. Chris Plonsky, women’s Athletics Director at Texas headlines the women’s panel, while Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt and University of North Texas AD Rick Villarreal will host the men.

Women’s presenters include: Amie Smith Bradley (Texas); Todd Buchanan (University of Houston); Jan Jensen (University of Iowa); Sytia Messer (Tennessee Tech University); Ervin Monier (LaSalle University); Stephanie Norman (Louisville University); Danielle O’Banion (Kent State University) and Daron Park (University of Southern California).

On the men’s side participants will hear from Dave Dickerson (Ohio State University); Joe Dooley (University of Kansas); Mike Dunlap (St. John’s University); Ray Giacoletti (Gonzaga University); Matthew Graves (Butler University); Rob Lanier (Texas); Tony Pujol (University of Alabama); Dwayne Stephens (Michigan State); Jerome Tang (Baylor) and James Whitford (University of Arizona).

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). The Dallas 2012 marks the third symposium for the women basketball coaches and the first for the men.


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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.

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Assistant Basketball Coaches Symposium Site Announced College coaches to take ‘A Step Up’ in the Lone Star state, April 27-29

Felicia Hall Allen & Associates announced today that the city of Dallas (Texas) has been selected as the site for the 2012 Assistant Basketball Coaches Symposium, A Step Up (Athletic Symposium to Elevate & Uplift Professionals).The Symposium, to be conducted April 27 – April 29, 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.

“Dallas has a great reputation for its southern hospitality,” said Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates. In recent years the city of Dallas has played host to some of our biggest championship level collegiate and professional sporting events. With that in mind, we believe that Dallas will be a great fit for all coaches pursuing championship level success on the sidelines and wanting to take A Step Up in their careers”.

“Each year the committee chooses a new and exciting city to host the symposium in an effort to create an opportunity for coaches across the nation to gain professional development, elevate their performance and expand their knowledge of the game,” said Johnny Allen, the symposium’s director. The first symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. Last year the three-day event moved to Chicago, where over 200 coaches and directors of basketball operations convened in the windy-city for an uplifting, thought-provoking weekend.

Monica Paul, director of sports marketing of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that the A Step Up symposium is a natural fit for Dallas – one of America’s best sports cities. “In addition to the 2009 NBA All-Star weekend and Super Bowl XLV, the city also recently hosted a successful NCAA Division I Women’s Regional, and we’re preparing to bid on future Big 12 women’s basketball conference tournaments and a future NCAA women’s Final Four.

“Coaches who attend A Step Up will enjoy Dallas’ rich sports history as well as some of the nation’s finest entertainment, arts, dining and shopping.”

Allen, a former NIKE Manager for women’s basketball and Team Executive in the WNBA, created the A Step Up in collaboration with her husband Johnny as a career building and professional development opportunity for women’s basketball coaches. Their mission was simple: to help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights and develop strategies, techniques and tactics to help them reach their full coaching potential.

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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.

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