Lady Tiger skipper appointed to Woman's Board

ATLANTA -- Pokey Chatman, head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, was appointed to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors, it was announced by WBCA president Doug Bruno on Tuesday.

Chatman, who is one of 13 new members of the board, earned 2004-05 National Coach of the Year honors in her first season as head coach after guiding LSU to the program's first Southeastern Conference regular season title and a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four with a 33-3 overall record.

She joins the board as the Black Coaches Association Representative.

"I'm extremely honored to be joining the WBCA Board of Directors as the BCA representative along side my distinguished colleagues," Chatman said. "The WBCA has been the driving force behind the extraordinary growth of our sport over the last two decades in terms of popularity, diversity, marketing, media, and revenue and so on. I look forward to being a part of a very capable body of leadership responsible for the continued success of women's basketball."

In addition to Chatman, the newly appointed members the complete the 27-person board include: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut (Division I/At-Large); Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, Ivy League (Committee on Basketball Issues Chair); Sherri Coale, University of Oklahoma (Division I/At-Large); Gail Goestenkors, Duke University (Division I/At-Large); Muffet McGraw, University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division I Legislative Chair); Sam Nichols, McMurry University (Male Coaches of Women's Basketball Representative); Donna Orender, WNBA (WNBA Representative); Sue Ramsey, Ashland University (NCAA Division II Legislative Chair), Brad Smith, Oregon City High School (High School Representative) and C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers University (Division I/At-Large).

Elected members include: Nan Carney-DeBord, Ohio Wesleyan University (Division III/At-Large); Michael Landers, Trinity Valley Community College (Junior College/Community College Representative); and voted by the WBCA membership for a consecutive three-year term is Cathy Parson, Howard University (Division I/Middle East Representative) and Paul Thomas, Cal State Poly Pomona (Division II/Group II Representative).

Current members of the WBCA Board of Directors include: Lisa Bluder, University of Iowa (NCAA Division I/Midwest Representative); Stephanie Glance, North Carolina State University (Assistant Coaches Representative); Bonnie Henrickson, University of Kansas (Secretary); Susan Johnson, Georgetown College (NAIA Representative); Wendy Larry, Old Dominion University (Past President); Dianne Nolan, Fairfield University (Treasurer); Gie Parsons, Clarion University (Division II/Group I Representative); Pam Ruder, Southwestern University (Division III/At-Large); Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia (Division I/East Representative); Timothy Shea, Salem State College (Division III Legislative Chair); and Julie Wilhoit, Loyola Marymount University (NCAA Division I/West Representative).

The WBCA Board of Directors develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization; to monitor the organization's financial health, programs and overall performance and to provide the chief executive officer with the resources to the needs of those the organization serves.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit

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