Keeping Up With Coach Connelly

Keeping Up With Coach Connelly

CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy's Assistant Women's Basketball Coach LaSashia Connelly attended a number of conferences this summer. 

"I truly enjoyed my experience and am very thankful to have been selected to attend each conference," said Connelly. 

"Sashia is a woman leader," said Senior Woman Administrator and Association Director of Athletics, Tricia Carver. "We are fortunate to have a young, enthusiastic, and motivated professional like her in our department. It is a true privilege to support her growth, her goals, and her development. Sashia is the type of person that takes advantage of opportunities and rises to the occasion in front of her. I am excited to continue working with her to impact the MMA student-athlete experience to see where Sashia goes in her career."


April 25-27: Women's Leadership Symposium

The NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) is developed for women aspiring to or just beginning a career in intercollegiate athletics. This program aims to enrich participants' skills, expand their professional network and promote the recruitment and retention of women working in intercollegiate athletics administration.

"Women's Leadership Symposium promoted an atmosphere of empowering women and lifting as we rise, that motto is something I hope to carry on throughout the school year as an Assistant Coach and SAAC Advisor at MMA," said Connelly.


"Moving Up" presented by BAND is an all-day conference on leadership communication and culture! It features a diverse and accomplished lineup of speakers - leaders in the world of sports and entertainment - who share their philosophies and experiences specific to their field. All of the "Moving Up" speakers have one thing in common; they have displayed amazing leadership and understanding while maximizing their athletes, actors and staff. 

 "MovingUp was a leadership conference that focused on Practice, Purpose, Pursuit and how I could use those to better lead others," said Connelly.

The Division III Institute for Administrative Advancement is a partnership between the NCAA and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA). It seeks to provide professional development and networking opportunities for administrators from under-represented populations in Division III athletics.

 "Being selected as one of 30 participants to attend the NCAA Institute for Administrative Advancement was phenomenal," said Connelly. "The NCAA did a great job of surrounding us with the resources and tools needed to navigate through DIII. Being in a room of like-minded individuals who truly want to enhance the student-athlete experience was remarkable."

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