May 21, 2010

Theresa Beeckman To Speak At NCAA Women's Coaches Academy Event

Ferris State University women's volleyball assistant coach Theresa Beeckman will be making a speaking appearance at the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy (WCA) Dimension 2 Program this upcoming Tuesday (May 25) in Boston, Mass.

The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X’s and O’s.

The WCA Dimension 2 Program will be held May 24-26 at Boston's Hyatt Cambridge and is available exlusively to NCAA Women's Coaches Academy Graduates.  Beeckman graduated from the Academy on June 28, 2008. 

Beeckman's presentation will focus on recruiting and in particular, the construction of a logistical recruiting plan for your program.  Her speech will provide answers to some of the following recruiting questions such as message and letter writing aside, there are many important variables that you must consider when creating a plan for excellence in the most important aspect of your job away from the field of play.  What are they?  How do the questions get answered? What to do with the answers once they are found?  In this hour, everything from vetting top recruits to planning logistical checklists for campus visits, will be discussed.

Beeckman completed her fifth year at Ferris State this past fall as a member of head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm's staff.  At FSU, Beeckman not only has on-floor responsibilities but is also involved in recruiting and administrative functions for the Bulldog women's volleyball program.  She played a key part in helping direct the 2009 Ferris State squad to a 19-12 overall record and the program's 15th NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance. 

In mid-January 2010, Beeckman was a featured speaker at the Premier Vollebayll Academy's Annual Coaching Symposium and gave a presentation entitled "Long Beach State Setting: Training hands and feet to run your offense."

Prior to the 2009 campaign, Beeckman had an article entitled "Blocking from a Catcher's Point of View" published in the April 22nd edition of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)'s drill bulletin Volleyball Ace Power Tips. 

Beeckman spent four years as the head women's volleyball coach at Delta College in University Center, Mich., before arriving to Ferris State.  A USA Volleyball Accreditation Program certification recipient, Beeckman directed Delta College to a 73-88 mark during her coaching tenure which included a school-record 27 victories in the 2004 season. Under her guidance, the Pioneers registered the best three-year stretch in the program's history from 2002-04.

Beeckman was the head volleyball coach at Saginaw (Mich.) Nouvel Catholic Central High School from 1995-2001 after spending one season as coaching the school's junior varsity team.

A native of Bridgeport, Mich., Beeckman played softball for four seasons at Saginaw Valley State University where she earned all-conference plaudits as a catcher in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. She was honored as the Cardinals' Most Improved Player for the 1996 campaign.

For more information on Beeckman, please visit her website at www.theresabeeckman.com.

 

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