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Thomas More's Owings Named to Coaching Program

Thomas More College senior guard Abby Owings has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) So You Want To Be A Coach program.

The program will take place at the end of March in Columbus, Ohio during the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four and the WBCA convention.  

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.

“So You Want To Be A Coach is the longest-running education program the WBCA offers, and it remains as popular with member coaches and student-athletes today as it was when it began 15 years ago,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “

Owings, is a two-time All-American, three-time All-Great Lakes Region and three-time All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) selection as well as the 2017 PAC Player of the Year.  She is second all-time in scoring at Thomas More with 1,559 career points and ranks third in career three-point field goals made with 222 and fourth in field goals made with 555.  Owings also dished out 390 career assists and had has 220 career steals to go with 273 career rebounds.  This season, she is averaged 13.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while dishing out 55 steals and recording 32 steals.

She is a native of Independence and graduate of Simon Kenton High School.

The WBCA “So” program has graduated 814 participants in its 15-year history. Of these, 54 percent (not counting the 2017 class) are currently working in women’s or girls’ basketball at various levels of the profession. A total of 53 “So” alumni are head women’s or girls’ basketball coaches — five in NCAA Division I, three in NCAA Division II, 11 in NCAA Division III, one in the NAIA, four on the two-year college level, and 29 on the high school level.

-Staff report

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