SAINT LEO, Fla. – Women’s basketball coach Chanita Olds has been selected to represent the Saint Leo University Department of Athletics at the upcoming NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy on June 10 – 14 in Atlanta, Ga. 

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics started the academy in 2002 in order to train, support and retain women coaches.  As quoted from NCAA Women’s Academy web site - “The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in becoming more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X’s and O’s.”

The Academy gives coaches the opportunity to expand their knowledge outside of the court, field and playing area.  They will learn skills that will make the most of their coaching ability.  The coaches will also be able to interact with other colleagues and build skills and learn from other coaches experiences.  The program will last for five days and is structured into four educational tracks.  The four core components are: Philosophy and Fundamentals, Management Skills, Communication Strategies and Career Development. 

The Women Coaches Academy provides women coaches with three objectives - Skills Development, which provides coaches with a professional development outside of the X and O’s; Retention, providing the coaches with mental capabilities to self-motivate and remain in the coaching profession; and Mentoring, making the women athletes more than athletes and providing them with a framework outside of the court. 

“I feel very honored to be selected in a field of 120 coaches from all over the United States in NCAA,” Coach Olds said when learning of her selection.  “I have spoken to the University of South Florida women’s basketball coach and she said that it is a great experience and you learn from the best.”

“Coaches that attend the academy walk away with the satisfaction of being a coach. It is another feather in my cap to professional development.  I’ve been in coaching for 13 years and I am still learning.”

Chanita Olds has succeeded in her career, coaching for 13 years at three different schools.  Her career has spanned coaching stints at Palm Beach Community College, Flagler College and Saint Leo University, accumulating over one hundred wins in her collegiate coaching career (109), as well as one conference championship.  

As a player Olds played for Santa Fee Community College before transferring to Saint Leo College and playing from 1996-98.  She ranks sixth all-time in Lions’ history in total points scored in a single season with 426, despite only two years in the Green and Gold.  Her 217 single season rebounds is 10th all-time and 189 single season field goals made is fourth in school history.

For more about the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy click here.

Story courtesy Andrew Davino Jr., Saint Leo Sports Information Intern