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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA Virtual Convention will be here before you know it on Wednesday, December 9. Rounding out the schedule’s highlights are nine live panels you don’t want to miss. Stay up-to-date on all things Virtual Convention on and social media platforms. 

Attendees will be able to connect live with their peers through nine unique panels filled with open discussion ranging from Work/Life Balance to Diversity and Inclusion to Travel Ball/High School Education and more.

On Wednesday, December 9, there are two Coaching Connections touching on Work/Life Balance and the Equality Coaches Alliance and Fireside Chats broken into three categories - Hitting, Pitching and COVID-19 Best Practices.

Thursday, December 10 features a conversation amongst administrators, college coaches lending advice to their Travel Ball and High School peers, and a diversity and inclusion panel with breakout rooms.

Saving the best for last, Friday, December 11 showcases a Hall of Fame panel with Mike Candrea (1996), Donna Fields (2020), Les Stuedeman (2014) and Linda Wells (1991). In addition to this candid conversation, the NFCA will announce the Class of 2021 at the conclusion of the panel.

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Registration, presented by Traveling TeamsTraveling Teams, for the NFCA Virtual Convention is $229 for members and $329 for non-members. Attendees will have access to the on-demand content for 30 days following the Convention. This means you do not have to choose between competing sessions, all the content is available for the taking! 

Additionally, members can select a $20 upgrade ($249 total) for lifetime access to on-demand content. Today, December 1, is your last day to receive a Convention attendee gift courtesy of USA Softball

Online Registration | Registration FormRegistration Form (PDF)

NFCA Members:  Have you experienced a furlough or been laid off during the pandemic?  If so, we want to help. The NFCA is committed to supporting its members through this pandemic. We understand the impact of COVID-19 is widespread and far-reaching. Please contact our membership team at or (502) 409-4600 for special discounted Virtual Convention pricing.

More about the panels:

Coaching Connection – Work/Life Balance
You can have it all, but it takes a lot of work. Coaching veterans share how they make sure their personal, professional, and social lives are all fulfilled and as “balanced” as possible. Featured panelists are Brandon Elliott (Virginia Wesleyan), Sarah Jamo (Southern Maine), Cheryl Milligan (Army West Point) and Bridget Orchard (Villanova).

Coaching Connection - Equality Coaches Alliances (LGBTQ+, Diversity and Inclusion Gathering)
Creating an inclusive program requires intention and consistency. Join as coaching veterans share how they approach LGTBQ+ diversity, equity, and inclusion within their programs. Featured panelist is Kirk Walker (UCLA).

Fireside Chats – Hitting, Pitching, COVID-19 Best Practices
Join fellow coaches for a live extra-innings discussion designed to be an informal sharing of ideas and best practices. 

Featured panelists (hitting) are Jen Fisher (Colorado State), Whitney Goldstein (WPI), Corey Lyon (Marshall), Lisa McKinney (Montana Billings) and Kathy Rodolph (New Mexico State). 

Featured panelists (pitching) are Josie Henry (Case Western Reserve), Yvette Healy (Wisconsin), Jannelle Iaquinto (Salve Regina) and Diana Pepin (Eastern Connecticut State).

Featured panelists (COVID-19) are Kerri Blaylock (Southern Illinois), Denny Griffin (Alma), Darin Monroe (Rock Valley College) and Jody Sykes (Oregon). 

Administrator Panel
A productive relationship between a coach and an administrator is a crucial component for success, as well as persistence in the profession. If you have always wanted to gain an administrative perspective but have never had the opportunity to ask a candid question, now is your chance. Join administrators and coaches for a live, open conversation on the business of sport and coaching. Featured panelists are Sarah Baumgartner (Rutgers), Charmelle Green (Penn State), Renae Hartl (Luther), Matt Larsen (North Dakota State) and Darin Monroe (Rock Valley College).

Travel Ball/High School Education – College Coaches Panel
Designed specifically for travel ball, high school and youth coaches, this panel of collegiate coaches from all levels answer your questions. Featured panelists are Karen Baird (Lawrence Tech), Patti Gerckens (UC San Diego), Robert Iamurri (Florida SouthWestern), Jennifer McFalls (Kansas), Tiffany Ozbun (Denison) and Brad Posner (Susquehanna).

Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Join your colleagues from across the country to continue the conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn how you can help facilitate dialogue on your campus, create action items to make an impact in your community, and find resources to help you learn, listen, and seek understanding of one of the most important topics today. Featured panelists are Amber Barker (Texas Woman’s), Monica Harrison (Carnegie Mellon), Now-Allah James (NYU), Eric Oakley (Kent State), Tyra Perry (Illinois), Brooke Reed (Texas Tech), Garland Shirley (Clarke University) and Tori Tyson (Howard).

NFCA Hall of Fame Panel
These coaches have achieved great things in their careers and continue to impact lives every day. If your goal as a coach is to continually put yourself in the company of greatness and soak up every bit of information that presents itself to you, then this live panel is for you. Ask the questions that are vital to your development as a coach and, in one of the most-anticipated events of the 2020 Virtual Convention, be present for the announcement of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class, who will be enshrined next year in Las Vegas. Featured panelists are Mike Candrea (Arizona), Donna Fields (St. Mary’s University), Les Stuedeman (UAH) and Linda Wells (Minnesota/Arizona State retired).

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