College of Saint Benedict Sports Information Department
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – As one of the premier women's only institutions in the country, the College of Saint Benedict is constantly searching for new ways to help ensure that Bennies receive the best leadership training in all facets of their education, including athletics.
This winter, two members of the CSB athletics staff are headed to Indianapolis to meet with professionals from all levels of the NCAA to gain knowledge and ideas to build a sustainable leadership development program at Saint Benedict.
Erin Ross, the department's head athletic trainer and co-SAAC advisor, and Emily Carr, the athletic operations manager, were two of just 24 individuals selected from 12 institutions across the NCAA to attend the 2022 NCAA Leadership Academy Workshop. The workshop is a four-month commitment that includes several days of in-person training in Indianapolis in January, virtual sessions each week in March and April and several check-in dates and items in between.
"Sending two members of our staff to gain valuable skills from the NCAA Leadership Development is the next key piece we are seeking in order to create and launch a successful program that will impact women for years to come," CSB Athletic Director Kelly Anderson Diercks said in a commitment letter she had to write as part of Ross and Carr's application packet to the LAW program.
Anderson Diercks, Ross and Carr all mentioned the value of being able to focus on women's only programming at Saint Benedict, and on using the knowledge gained at LAW to focus and improve that programing as the needs of the department – and the women on campus – shift. With partners on campus such as the Multicultural Center, the Institute for Women's Leadership, the CSB/SJU Well-Being Center and Experiential Learning and Development (XPD), CSB athletics has valuable resources on campus, but knowing how to make full use of their potential will be valuable to all Bennie student-athletes.
"There is a direct correlation between athletic participation and business success and leadership," CSB Vice President for Student Development Mary Geller said. "Developing our women into influential leaders benefits not only our athletic department, but our campus, and our work force in the years to come. This opportunity will allow us to continue to grow our leadership efforts and help us achieve our goal of providing a holistic and high-quality experience for our student-athletes."
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