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Ruetten Attends NCAA's Women Coaches Academy

The 44th Women Coaches Academy included UW-Oshkosh head women's golf coach Liza Ruetten.
The 44th Women Coaches Academy included UW-Oshkosh head women's golf coach Liza Ruetten.

UW-Oshkosh head women's golf coach Liza Ruetten was among 48 Division I, II and III female coaches who attended the NCAA's Women Coaches Academy (WCA) from May 30 - June 2 in Englewood, Colo.

The Alliance of Women Coaches sponsored the event and selected the participants for its four days of non-sport specific educational training. The 44th class of the WCA was balanced by sport, division, position and experience level.

"The conference was one of the most challenging and empowering conferences I have been fortunate enough to attend during my 20-plus years in the educational community," said Ruetten. "The ability to network and meet other NCAA divisional coaches across all sports was the trip of a lifetime. Sessions included strategies for successfully navigating the coaching profession, character coaching and team culture creation. The personal and professional knowledge I gained during the four days provided me with valuable insight into today's youth and our student-athlete communities."

Since the first WCA session in 2003, nearly 1,700 women have graduated from the 44 Academies. The main objective of each Academy is to enhance skill development, retention, mentoring and collaboration.

UW-Oshkosh assistant women's basketball coach Kelly McNiff was a member of the 41st Academy held in 2017.

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit

NCAA Women Coaches Academy Class #44
Indira Avila • York College (Cross Country, Track & Field)

Amber Barker • Albany State University (Softball)
Amy Berbary • Indiana University (Soccer)
Emily Boerger • Merrimack College (Lacrosse)
Amy Briggs • Central College (Basketball)
Nicole Buchholz • George Washington University (Volleyball)

Jennifer Charles • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Volleyball)
Robin Confer • University of North Florida (Soccer)
Alex Covington • Millikin University (Tennis)

Traci Dahl • Cal Poly Pomona (Volleyball)
Michelle Dasso • University of Notre Dame (Tennis)
Ashley Dell • University of Iowa (Swimming & Diving)
Teressa DiPerna • Dominican University of California (Cross Country)
Casi Donelan-Dobbins • Bard College (Basketball)

Kelly Evans • Harvard University (Rowing)

Tammy Farnum • Michigan State University (Soccer)
Ann Farrier • Southern Connecticut State University (Field Hockey)
Lisa Ferrero • Towson University (Golf)

Keva Godfrey • Agnes Scott College (Tennis)

Lyndse Hokanson • Georgetown University (Soccer)
Ashley Holmes • Augsburg University (Ice Hockey)
Trang Huynh • Northern Illinois University (Tennis)

Whitney Johnson • Delaware State University (Volleyball)

Akasha Kasper • Limestone College (Lacrosse)
Nikki Kelsey-Huffman • Northern Arizona University (Swimming & Diving)
Sara Kettelkamp • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (Cross Country, Track & Field)

Hollie Loud • University of North Alabama (Soccer)

Natalie Marlowe • University of Texas at Dallas (Basketball)
Amy Marron • St. John's University (Soccer)
Alice McCall • Florida Atlantic University (Swimming & Diving)
Moe Melhart • Cal State Monterey Bay (Volleyball)
Taylor Mendez • University of Mary (Softball)

Shellie Onstead • University of California (Field Hockey)

Jenna Peanasky • Iowa State University (Strength & Conditioning)
Elizabeth Pike • Shenandoah University (Soccer)
Caroline Powers • Michigan State University (Golf)

Kelsy Ross • Bates College (Soccer)
Ariana Ruela • Rutgers University-Newark (Soccer)
Liza Ruetten • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Golf)

Juliana Santos • Dominican University of California (Softball)
Haley Schoolfield • Texas Christian University (Equestrian)
Danielle Shelburne • Stetson University (Golf)
Cori Smith • Utah State University (Director of Operations – Basketball)
Julie Snodgrass • Azusa Pacific University (Water Polo)
Julie Swiney • Slippery Rock University (Field Hockey)

Ashley Walker • Mississippi Valley State University (Basketball)
Beth Ann Wilson • Marymount University (Volleyball)

Heather Young • Clemson University (Golf)