LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Throughout the upcoming weeks, the NFCA is announcing its programming for the Virtual Convention (Dec. 9-11, 2020) on NFCA.org and social media platforms.
Two NFCA Hall Famers are part of this week’s reveal as Nebraska’s Rhonda Revelle and Tennessee’s Karen Weekly highlight head coach and assistant coach education.
Geared towards head coaches, Revelle, Augustana head coach Gretta Melsted and NFCA legal counsel Samantha Ekstrand will dive into best practices for documentation, as well as roster and staff management. Aimed at assistants, Weekly, Georgia associate head coach Tony Baldwin and Minnesota associate head coach Carly Wynn will focus their expertise on loyalty, conflict resolution and professionalism.
Rounding out this week’s speakers are Theresa Beeckman of Growing Leaders and Busy Coach president Mandy Green. They will lead sessions on understanding Generation Z and developing systems to increase efficiency, respectively.
Registration, presented by Traveling Teams, for the NFCA Virtual Convention is currently open. Early-bird registration is $199 for members and $299 for non-members. Attendees will have access to the on-demand content for 30 days following the Convention. Additionally, members can select a $20 upgrade ($219 total) for lifetime access to on-demand content. Sign up by Nov. 16 to secure the early-bird rate (rates will increase afterward).
Registered attendees will be in the running for fantastic prizes through Nov. 16, including a $100 Amazon gift card, Apple AirPods, a set of golf clubs and an on-field equipment package ($350 value).
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More about the speakers:
Revelle, a 2010 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, enters her 29th season at the helm of her alma mater in 2021. She has steered Nebraska to 998 wins, 20 NCAA Tournament berths, seven conference titles, four NCAA Regional championships, and three trips to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). The three-time NFCA president has won more games than any other coach in Husker Athletics history. In 2020, Revelle reached the 1,000-career win mark and enters the 2021 campaign with 1,006 victories.
Melsted, the NFCA’s Division II board representative, directed Augustana to a 2019 NCAA Division II national championship and a school-record 61 wins. Entering her 15th season in Sioux Falls, S.D., and 18th as a collegiate head coach, Melsted owns a 544-224 record with the Vikings and 625-320 overall mark. She has steered the Vikings to nine NCAA tournament appearances and Augustana has rewritten the record books during her time, setting marks in nearly every major offensive category, including runs, home runs, wins (tied), RBI, slugging and stolen bases.
Ekstrand has served as the NFCA’s legal counsel since 2016 and was instrumental in the NCAA Division I early-recruiting legislation that moved the contact date to September 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s junior year. Based out of Durham, N.C., she co-founded Ekstrand & Ekstrand with her husband in 2002. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Ekstrand was an Academic All-American as a member of the women’s lacrosse team. She also spent seven seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for Duke’s Women’s Lacrosse.
Entering her 25th year as a collegiate head coach, Weekly, a 2018 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, boasts 1,130 career wins. Along with her husband Ralph, the duo has led the University of Tennessee softball program to 850 victories, five top-three national finishes (two runners-up) and seven WCWS appearances in 19 seasons. The co-head coaching duo has seen the Lady Vols earn 16 straight and 17 overall NCAA Regional berths, winning 10 regional titles.
Baldwin will be entering his seventh season on Georgia’s coaching staff and fifth as the associate head coach. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs have won two Southeastern Conference batting titles, including the third-best average in Division I in 2018. Additionally, UGA hitters have produced some of the top numbers in the nation under his tutelage. In the summer of 2019, Baldwin served as an assistant coach for USA Softball’s U-19 team, which topped Japan for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.
Wynn joined Minnesota as an associate head coach in the summer of 2020. She spent 2016 through 2020 at Arizona State and helped lead the Sun Devils to 135 wins and a 2018 WCWS appearance. On the offensive side, Wynn assisted in all aspects of hitting and was in charge of the short game, slappers and baserunning. Defensively, she tutored outfielders, seeing both Morgan Howe and Kindra Hackbarth earn NFCA All-America honors. Additionally, she spent 2012-16 as an assistant at Fresno State and 2010-12 as a graduate and volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Florida State.
A published author and renowned speaker, Beeckman is an impact consultant with Growing Leaders, as well as the president and founder of Tree Roots Culture Consulting & Camps, Inc. Possessing more than two decades of coaching experience, Beeckman has served as a collegiate volleyball assistant coach at Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Ferris State, while also serving as a head coach at Delta College, Hemlock (Mich.) High School and Saginaw (Mich.) Novel Catholic High School. Beeckman, a highly-respected coach and educator, also spends time working with True North Sports to develop and deliver programming for the development of athletic coaches.
An author, speaker, trainer and consultant, Green founded Busy Coach in 2014. Taking lessons learned throughout her years in coaching, Green’s programs focus on time management systems, organizational techniques and strategies made specifically for coaches. She has also been the National Recruiting Coordinator for Dan Tudor at Tudor Collegiate Strategies for the last three years. Additionally, Green has been a collegiate women’s soccer coach at the Division I and II levels for 22 years. She served as the head coach at University of South Dakota for eight seasons (2010-17) and also spent time as an assistant at Youngstown State, Utah, Xavier, Loyola Marymount, and Minnesota State, the latter she also was the program’s associate head coach.