ATLANTA, Ga. - Senior Mickey Hansche (Iowa City, Iowa/City) has been selected to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 'So You Want To Be A Coach', which will be held March 29-31 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention at the Final Four in Dallas.
There were 60 student-athletes selected for the event, as Hansche was one of just 15 selected from NCAA Division III schools. Hansche was the only player from the Iowa Conference selected and joins Drake's Caitlin Ingle as the only players from an Iowa school selected. Hansche becomes the second person in school history to attend the event, as Assistant Coach Kayla Waskow attended in 2015.
Qualified candidates must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach has to nominate them and must be an active WBCA member. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach.
"So" participants will learn about recruiting, the administrative side to coaching, how to get hired, skill development, the importance of knowing the rules, and how to balance work and life.
The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.
"We continue to invest in young, aspiring coaches through our 'So You Want To Be A Coach' program," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "Each year, the WBCA family reinforces our support for this important entry-level program. We have high expectations for these graduating student-athletes and the future contributions they will make to the game of women's basketball."
Hansche is one of three players in school history to be honored by the Iowa Conference four times, earning All-Iowa Conference First Team honors her sophomore and junior seasons. One of the best 3-point shooters in NCAA Division III history, Hansche finished her career as one of just 17 players in the history of the division to hit over 300 3-pointers. Hansche owns the top two single-season 3-point totals in school history, hitting 84 in 2015-16 and 80 in 2014-15.
She owns school records in six categories: 3-pointers made (304), 3-pointers attempted (723), 3-point percentage (.420), free throw percentage (.854), games started (107) and minutes played (3,154). She also ranks second in school history in points scored (1,394), third in field goals made (463), seventh in scoring average (13.0) and seventh in games played (107).