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Keilee Bessho (standing) has helped CMS to two top-10 finishes at NCAAs
Keilee Bessho (standing) has helped CMS to two top-10 finishes at NCAAs

Keilee Bessho of CMS Women's Golf Attends NCAA Women Coaches Academy

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf assistant coach Keilee Bessho was selected to participate in the 2024 NCAA Women Coaches Academy, sponsored by WeCOACH, from June 16-19 in Denver.

Bessho was one of 119 coaches from around the country who were chosen to participate in the annual program, now in its 53rd year. Founded in 2011, WeCOACH is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit dedicated to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports and levels through year-round professional growth and leadership development programs. 

"It was an absolute honor to stand among women coaches coming together to strengthen our conviction and unite our mission of advocating for women in coaching," said Bessho. "The messages I learned about conflict communication, meeting student-athletes where they are, and my values were instructive to not only my coaching but also my life.  I am so grateful for this space and have felt called to action to empower other female coaches around me and to continue coaching."

Over 2,200 graduates have participated in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, a program designed for women coaches to elevate their holistic coaching effectiveness by learning advanced leadership skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. Participants focus on non-sport-specific concepts in an environment that fosters inclusion across the sports community.

Bessho recently completed her second season with the CMS women's golf program, helping the Athenas to a pair of top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships. CMS finished third in 2023, and captured the SCIAC Championship this season before finishing eighth at nationals.