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Phillips, Lacey to Participate in USCAA Women's Leadership Panel

Phillips, Lacey to Participate in USCAA Women's Leadership Panel

Charlotte, NC - Head Volleyball Coach Callie Phillips and Athletic Director Trudi Lacey will serve as panelists for the latest installment of the USCAA Professional Development Series. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29th, and will be held over Zoom.

It it part of the USCAA's Virtual Professional Development Series, which was instituted to provide relevant and insightful professional development opportunities for staff at USCAA member institutions. The Women in Sports panel will allow administrators, coaches, and student-athletes to hear from a distinguished panel of female coaches and administrators who have risen to lofty perches in their field.

Phillips brings 20 years of coaching experience to the Johnson & Wales Charlotte volleyball program. Phillips is the program's first and only head coach at JWU, taking home the 2018 USCAA Division II National Title and finishing as the runners-up in 2019. Coach Phillips's teams at JWU have led the nation in USCAA National All-Academic Award recipients multiple times, and the program has 25 award winners. She has also had 13 players receive All-American honors over that span. A 2011 recipient of the UCB Rheumatoid Arthritis Scholarship, Phillips completed her Master's Degree in Sports Administration with a concentration in academic advising from Wingate University in 2013. She received her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019 and is an adjunct professor at JWU Charlotte teaching Coaching & Athletic Administration.

Lacey was a former standout for North Carolina State University, played for the late Hall of Fame Coach, Kay Yow, and was the first African-American woman to earn a full four year basketball scholarship in school history. She was an All-American, four-time ALL-ACC player, and was named to the ACC All-Legend team in 2007. She eventually made a move to the WNBA serving both as an assistant and head coach of the Charlotte Sting. Lacey would return to the college ranks for two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte before returning to the WNBA to become the coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics. In addition, Lacey served as the Assistant Director for USA Women's Basketball from 1997-2001, helping Team USA earn gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Joining Phillips and Lacey on the panel are:

Jennifer Laney, Athletic Director, University of Maine at Augusta

Katie Stannard, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Southern Maine Community College

Amanda Janosky, Athletic Director, Villa Maria College

Sara Rinkunas, Coordinator of Athletics and Head Cross Country Coach, Penn State-Scranton