Chou and Conti Selected to WBCA’s ‘So You Want to Be a Coach’ Program
Atlanta, Ga. – Natalie Chou and Gina Conti from UCLA Women's Basketball have been selected to the participate in the upcoming "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Thursday.
Chou and Conti will represent UCLA among a field of 60 participating student-athletes from across the country. The two-day program will kick off on March 31, 2022 at the WBCA Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.
The "So" program is designed to help provide student-athletes the skills necessary to eventually secure coaching positions and facilitates connections between players and current coaches and university administrators. The program also aims to raise awareness regarding the coaching career path to the current pool of university student-athletes.
Chou's interest in coaching was a product of various influential leaders in her life, as well as an academic experience at UCLA.
"Throughout my life, I've had many influential people and most of them were coaches. Just having that influence really put me on the path I'm on today. Also, last year, I was a part of a graduate program in the School of Education at UCLA: Transformative Coaching and Leadership. Just being able to develop my own coaching philosophy while learning about other legendary coaches and their philosophies really sparked an interest to be a coach at the collegiate level.
Conti made a point of attributing her interest in a coaching career path to giving back to the sport she has grown up with.
"I have aspirations, one day, to be a coach and just stay involved in basketball – working with players who were once in my position and being able to instill life habits, but also teaching them basketball," said Conti. Basketball has given me so much and so many opportunities. This program really inspires me to continue to learn about coaching and what all that entails."
The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close is thrilled for her players and the experience they will have with the WBCA.
"I remember talking to them for the first time on the phone and asking them, when their playing careers are over, what do they want to do," said Close. "Both of them said coaching. I'm really appreciative of the WBCA and the program it provides. It's thorough, it's in depth, and I think it's very equipping. I'm really excited for Natalie and Gina to experience it."