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Board of Governors endorses coaches’ credentialing pilot

The programming will be built on the existing work of the NCAA’s DII University, an online training program

The NCAA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to endorse a pilot coaches’ credentialing program.

The Association will collaborate with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to enhance coaches’ education and professional development on a variety of topics. The basketball pilot will inform potential efforts to extend the credentialing program to other sports.

“As members of the higher education community, we are committed to continual development and learning,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, chair of the Board of Governors and president of Georgia Tech. “The development of a credentialing program for coaches provides an opportunity to build upon existing resources and provide continual development to coaches as educators in higher education.”

The programming will be built on the existing work of the NCAA’s Division II University, an online training program focused on recruiting and eligibility rules, mental health and sexual violence prevention. It also will work in tandem with existing professional development resources offered by coaching associations and member schools.

Strategic planning

Attain LLC, a consulting firm, met with the board and sought feedback on the outcomes of a December meeting of the Strategic Planning Working Group.

"The strategic planning process allows us to assess the dynamic college sports landscape and develop a blueprint for the future,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the board’s Strategic Planning Working Group. “While the world around us is changing, our commitment to student-athlete success and total well-being is an unwavering reflection of our values as an association.”

The Strategic Planning Working Group is in the initial drafting stages of a strategic plan after gathering insights from presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, student-athletes, coaches, faculty athletics representatives, senior woman administrators, athletics health care administrators and other college sports stakeholders.