Finnegan, Beasley, McBride to attend symposium

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 18, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ---­ Colby College juniors Erin Beasley (Lagrange, Maine) and Cary Finnegan (West Hartford, Conn.) will each participate in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Coaching Symposium for Women starting Friday and ending Sunday at Tufts University.

Colby women’s basketball head coach Lori Gear McBride will be a presenter at the event. Her presentation --- From Athlete to Coach: Tips for Transitioning --- will take place from 3:55 to 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. Gear McBride, who is about to begin her third season as head coach at Colby, helped the University of North Carolina win an NCAA Division I national title in 1994 as a player. She later was an assistant basketball coach at the Division I level at two programs and also coached high school basketball.

Beasley has been a top sprinter in the 100 and 200-meter dashes for the Colby indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She has had top 10 finishes at both the New England Division III and NESCAC meets.

Finnegan has 21 goals and seven assists for 28 points entering her third season with the women’s lacrosse team. Finnegan, who also has 42 caused turnovers, has helped the Mules to a 26-9 record over the last two years.

The NESCAC Coaching Symposium, organized by the senior woman administrators (SWA) at member institutions, is designed to increase the number of female coaches in athletics with the help of a grant from the NCAA along with support by the NESCAC institutions. The NESCAC Coaching Symposium will take place during autumn for the first time, as the previous three events have been held during the winter and spring, most recently in January of 2006.

This is the second such women’s coaching symposium held at the Division III level. The Centennial Conference began holding a similar event in 2000 under the direction of Jenepher Shillingford.  Shillingford, the Snell Professor at Ursinus College, designed the project as an initiative to encourage women to enter the coaching field. To date, over 50 percent of the Centennial attendees have entered the field of coaching, while NESCAC has an overall success rate of 68 percent.

Each attendee will be assisted by a campus mentor who will help the student-athlete in their development as a coach and in the job search following graduation should they decide to enter the field of coaching.