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Janssen Selected to WBCA’s Next Generation Institute

by | Feb 21, 2023

Associate head coach James Janssen with the 5 basketball scholar-athletes from Australia.


ATLANTA — Davidson women’s basketball associate head coach James Janssen has been selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Next Generation Institute, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

The WBCA’s Next Generation Institute is a new high-level education program for experienced assistant coaches who aspire to become head coaches at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels.

“I’m very thankful to be selected for this opportunity from the WBCA to be expanding my professional development as a leader, and humbled to be a part of their first ever cohort of the Next Generation Institute,” Janssen said. “Every day I’m fortunate to be in position working for Coach Fulks, in which she empowers our staff to co-create this program with her, and for an athletic administration and athletic director, Chris Clunie, that is supportive of what we do. I’m excited to bring back what I learn to continue to elevate Davidson women’s basketball.”

Janssen and his daughter on the court following a game earlier in the season.

The Next Generation Institute curriculum focuses on the CEO attributes needed to lead a program and be a problem-solver in today’s ever-changing landscape of higher education and the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics.

“A college athletics team is a company and the head coach is its CEO,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “A head coach cannot only be a strategist and tactician in the sport. They must also be an inspirational leader, businessperson, communicator, marketer, visionary, and manager of people and resources. The Next Generation Institute will challenge participants to put aside the X’s and O’s for a while and concentrate on understanding and developing those skills so that they are prepared to take the next step in their careers and become successful CEOs.”

To be eligible for selection to participate in the program, a person must be a current WBCA member, must have at least five years’ experience as a college assistant coach, and must have been nominated by their head coach. Participants will meet prior to (virtually), during (in person) and after (virtually) the 2023 WBCA Convention. The convention takes place March 31–April 2 in Dallas.

About the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. Founded in 1981, the WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the association.

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