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Brandan Harrell to represent all junior and community colleges for WBCA

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has chosen GHC Women’s Basketball Coach Brandan Harrell to serve as the representative for all junior/community colleges on its board of directors for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This is Harrell’s second term in the position.

Harrell stated that it is an honor to serve on the WBCA board.

“This board makes tremendous efforts each year to promote the game,” he said. “And for me to have a seat at that table is a great experience.”

Harrell said he is eager to contribute to the WBCA board’s promotion and growth of the game, noting that he takes his position as the junior/community colleges representative seriously.

“I want to make sure that whatever we do, it is not only in the best interest of the game, but also in the best interest of the junior/community colleges that I represent,” he said. “It is my job to make sure the organization is aware of the concerns of the JC/CC coaches, and it is also my job to help keep the JC/CC coaches informed.”  

Harrell joins several other coaches from all over the country on the WBCA board.

"The WBCA has a storied tradition of strong leadership provided by coaches for coaches to propel the association forward and enhance the game of women's basketball for today and future generations," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew.

Penn State head coach Coquese Washington succeeds Florida State head coach Sue Semrau as president of the association. Washington, the association’s first African-American president, has served the last two years as vice president/president-elect. Semrau remains on the board of directors as immediate past president, replacing Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne whose term of service on the board ends.

University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizotti has been elected by the membership as the new vice president/president-elect for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. Rizotti, who has served as the NCAA Division I Legislative Chair for the past four years, will automatically succeed Washington as president in the 2017-18 academic year. 


WBCA members elected to the board of directors:

  • Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart, who was elected to the NCAA Division I East position.
  • University of Texas head coach Karen Aston, who was elected to the NCAA Division I Midwest position.
  • Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier, who was elected to the NCAA Division I West position.
  • Bellarmine head coach Chancellor Dugan, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group I position.
  •  Wayne State (Neb.) head coach Chris Kielsmeier, who was elected to the NCAA Division II Group II position.
  • Williams College head coach Patricia Manning, who was re-elected to the NCAA Division III At-Large position.
  • Westmont College head coach Kirsten Moore, who was re-elected to the NAIA position.
  • Georgia Highlands College head coach Brandan Harrell, who was re-elected to the junior/community college position; and
  • Rutgers Prep School head coach Mary Klinger, who was elected to the scholastic position which she previously held by appointment.


Other positions filled:

  • Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw was appointed to serve as the NCAA Division I Legislative Chair.
  • Emory head coach Christy Thomaskutty was re-appointed to serve as the NCAA Division III Legislative Chair.


The WBCA Board of Directors develops policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization. It also monitors the organization's financial health, programs and overall performance and provides the executive director with the resources necessary to meet the needs of those the organization serves.


Information from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Associate Press Release has been included in this Press Release. About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.

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