Spears set for coaching program in Dallas

March 29, 2017

Minta Spears is ready to take a big step toward her future.

Spears, who recently completed her senior season with the Commodores, is headed to Dallas this week to participate in The Women's Basketball Coaches Association's 15th annual "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, which will be held in conjunction with the women's Final Four and the WBCA Convention in Dallas.

The "So" program -- which begins on Wednesday -- includes numerous seminars, workshops and training sessions. It also includes opportunities for aspiring coaches, like Spears, to make connections that could potentially lead to jobs in the coaching industry.

"I am really excited about attending this program," said Spears. "I think it will be a great experience in so many ways, and I am looking forward to getting some great advice and also to doing some networking while I am there."

Spears was chosen from a national list of candidates for the prestigious program. Each participant is selected based on academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court and a professional résumé, along with other criteria. In order to be considered as a candidate, players have to be nominated by their head coach.

Spears, who joined the Commodore WBB team in May of 2015 as a grad-student transfer from Texas Tech, has excelled on the court, in the classroom and in the community during her time at Vanderbilt. She was named to the SEC's Community Service Team this season and was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team.

Although she was sidelined by a knee injury for roughly half the season this year during her senior campaign, Spears returned to action in January and compiled 41 assists in the final 13 games. In her first season with the Commodores, Spears led the team in assists and ranked among the SEC leaders in minutes played.

The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.




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