SO YOU WANT TO BE A COACH?
Senior women’s basketball player Keira Robinson has been selected to be a part of the 15th annual “So You Wanna Be a Coach” program sponsored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the NCAA.
Robinson, who was nominated by VCU head coach Beth O’Boyle, was selected for the prestigious program along with a short list of others after applying. As part of the program, Robinson will learn the skills necessary to secure coaching positions, how to be successful in coaching, network and learn from current coaches and administrators.
“It’s an excellent program and a great way to learn what it truly takes to be a coach. Keira will have the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations, the X’s and O’s, recruiting and really get an inside look at what it takes to be a successful coach,” O’Boyle said.
The 5-foot-8 guard from Columbia, South Carolina has been an integral part of VCU’s basketball program and has left her mark on the record book. She is one of two players in school history to record 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. Her success on the court in all facets of the game is something she believes would translate well into coaching.
“As a point guard, a lot of people just think about scoring, but I love motivating my team. It makes them feel good and it makes me feel good knowing I can make someone else smile,” Robinson said.
Robinson, who plans to pursue a professional playing career overseas when she graduates in May, wants to join the coaching ranks when her basketball career is complete. Coach O’Boyle approached her about the program thinking she’d be a good fit.
“Coach O’Boyle thinks that I can be a good coach one day. I did some digging on what the program was. It’s a great way to learn and make connections. I definitely see coaching in my future. I’m really excited about the opportunity, I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m going to learn a lot. I can see what it really takes and what head coaches are really doing. I get to hands-on experience it,” Robinson said.
If Robinson’s coaching career is as successful as her playing career as a Ram, the future for her looks bright. She currently ranks second all-time at VCU in career assists with over 450 and fourth in steals with more than 230. Robinson will likely finish her career third in career games played at VCU. She also serves as a team captain, a role that will help her as she eventually begins her coaching career.
“Keira is a great role model for young women. She truly excels in her relationships with her teammates and demonstrates the qualities that translate well into coaching. She’s truly been a leader on and off the court and I’m looking forward to watching her pursue a coaching career.”
The program will take place in Dallas, Texas, the site of this year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four and in conjunction with the WBCA Convention.
For the program, qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate’s head coach has to nominate them and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women’s basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.