EAST LANSING – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has announced that Michigan State University women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant will be among three keynote speakers at the 22nd annual ‘Women In Sports Leadership Conference,’ Feb. 7-8.
The first, largest and longest-running program of its type in the country, the conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Cost is $50 for students and $60 for adults.
U.S. Olympian Allison Schmitt of Canton will give the opening address. An 11-time NCAA champion swimmer at the University of Georgia, she won six medals over the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, including individual gold in the 200-meter freestyle in the 2012 London Games.
Former University of Michigan basketball player Nicole Emblad – a two-time Academic All-American from St. Ignace who is now studying at the university’s medical school – will speak on the role of a leader and the importance of teamwork and team-building during the evening portion of the banquet on Feb. 7.
Merchant is in her ninth season at MSU after previously coaching at Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University and serving as a captain while a player at Central Michigan. She will speak on leading through “Vision, Values, Voice” during the morning session on Feb. 8.
Workshops will be offered during the conference, including topics on coaching, teaching and learning leadership, sports nutrition and injury prevention, promoting team chemistry, multi-sport participation and the roles and responsibilities of captains.
For more information, visit mhsaa.com.
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