Shiomi headed to Nike workshop

Madison Steff
Managing Editor

University of La Verne point guard Lindsey Shiomi will attend the 2008 Nike sponsored “So You Want To Be A Coach” workshop in Tampa, Fla.

The workshop will take place April 4-6 during the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention.

The workshop was designed to prepare minority female basketball players for a career in coaching.

Shiomi was one of 53 women nominated to go.

To increase the number of minority female basketball coaches, the workshop will focus on several different aspects of coaching.

“In order to be a good coach you must have love and passion for the sport you are coaching,” Shiomi said.

Shiomi has been playing basketball since she was four years old and decided in high school that she wanted to become a coach.

“Basketball is a huge passion of mine and if I can continue to be a part of that through my job that would be great,” Shiomi said.

Participants will attend seminars discussing how to transition from being a player to a coach and how to keep a positive attitude.

Those who attend the workshop will also be given the opportunity to watch the open practices of teams who have made it to the Final Four of the women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

“What I am looking forward to most is just learning,” Shiomi said. “I want to soak it all in.”

Once the workshop is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion and the option to post their resumes on the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association Web site, where schools often look for possible coaches.

Shiomi first heard about the workshop from her head coach Julie Kline.

In order to be accepted for the workshop, players must have completed their last year of eligibility this year or have graduated within one year.

They must then be nominated by their coach and submit a resume.

“I felt this would be a great opportunity for her to network and really get a feel for what coaching was all about,” Kline said.

“Once (Kline) told me what it was all about I was really excited and just kept my fingers crossed,” Shiomi said.

Shiomi has played for three years at La Verne and became ULV’s all-time assist leader this year and set the ULV single-game three-pointers record.

She ranks fifth all-time on the Leopard career charts in three-point field goals and led the Southern California Inter­collegiate Athletic Conference this season in assists with 130, averaging six per game.

She has also earned SCIAC Second Team honors.

“I believe Lindsey will become a very good coach,” Kline said. “She has a tremendous passion for the game of basketball and understands the importance of giving back to the game.”

“She has proven to be a positive role model and future players will be fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her both on and off the floor,” Kline said.

Shiomi has proven to be a key leader on the La Verne basketball team and plans to share her knowledge and experience with the younger basketball generation.

“Even though she won’t be playing, when she is coaching she can teach the young ones about the game of basketball,” University of La Verne senior guard Marissa Raya said.

Shiomi’s coach and teammates feel that she is a perfect candidate for the Nike workshop and will take what she learns in Florida and apply it to her future career as a basketball coach.

Madison Steff can be reached at msteff@ulv.edu.

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