Coach And Student-Athletes Participate In Leadership Conference
Three Wittenberg student-athletes
and Sof tball Head Coach Becky
Hall gained new perspectives at the
NCA A Division III Student-Athlete
Regional Leadership Conference in
Itasca, Ill., last fall.
Softball infielder Lucille Huelsman
'07 from Wellington, Ohio, golfer Jeff
Hochstetler '09 from Plain City, Ohio,
and track and f ield athlete Nicole
Bailey '08 from Cincinnati, Ohio, were
selected to attend the conference due
to their involvement in Wittenberg's
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
(SA AC). Hall said the students also
were chosen because of their leadership
"It was a very energizing and empowering
conference," Hall said. "I think it was both
a learning opportunity and a great, fun
The conference, themed "Connecting
the Rhythms of Leadership," included
sessions on leadership skills, the structure
of the NCA A and Division III, and
developing improvement plans within
different campuses and the conference.
The primary objective of the conference,
however, "focus[ed] on various areas to
empower student-athletes to become
agents of positive change," according to
the NCAA's Web site.
Huelsman said it was a positive
"I have gained a broader and more
accurate understanding of what the
NCA A is and how it serves studentathletes,"
she said. "I also gained a better
understanding of what SAAC is and how
it can have an influence on campus."
Approximately 65 Division III schools
were represented at the conference, with
more than 140 student-athletes in attendance.
Discussion groups were facilitated by
coaches and athletic administrators,
with the student-athletes' opinions and
viewpoints taking front and center.
"I learned how to be a better leader
through all the activities and meetings
we participated in," Hochstetler said. "I
hope to be a better, more positive and
encouraging leader on my team. I also
hope to be a better leader in SAAC."