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WCC Holds Summer Executive Council, Presidents’ Council Meetings

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BERKELEY, Calif. – The West Coast Conference concluded its annual summer Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at Claremont Club & Spa. Spring 2017 championship sites were approved for several 2017 West Coast Conference championships, including baseball (Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton, CA); beach volleyball (Ocean Park Beach, Santa Monica, CA); rowing (Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Sacramento, CA); men’s and women’s tennis (Biszantz Family Tennis Center, Claremont, CA). 

Several student-athletes presented to a joint session of the two councils regarding the WCC SAAC’s established goals to enhance leadership training, enhanced student-athlete engagement at the campus and conference levels and continued engagement with senior administration (e.g., student-athletes’ meeting with the Presidents’ Council in June 2016). The WCC’s Summer Student-Athlete Leadership Summit will occur July 8-10 in partnership with the University of Portland. The student-athlete presenters reviewed the on-campus initiatives related to student-athlete priorities of community service, sportsmanship and personal growth of the mind, body and spirit. Student-athletes also met with the Presidents’ Council and discussed time demands, continued efforts to strengthen cross-campus engagement to enhance the student-athlete experience, education/outreach and communication to student-athletes regarding mental health services and career development programming. 

Diane Dickman, NCAA Managing Director of Division I, provided an update on Division I strategic priorities such as the Values-Based Revenue Distribution Model and student-athlete time demands. Todd Petr, Managing Director of NCAA Research presented specific findings related to WCC student-athlete experiences. 

On Monday, the Executive Council heard a report from Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment. In November, the Conference signed a long-term agreement with Van Wagner to manage the WCC’s corporate sponsorships. VWSE executives Mike Palisi and Sara Wright presented the 2016-17 business plan and discussed strategies with the group.

The meetings were also highlighted by the seventh annual West Coast Conference Honors Dinner - which included the presentation of student-athlete academic awards, institutional and individual sportsmanship awards, and culminated with the presentation of the Commissioner's Cup to Brigham Young University. For the third consecutive year, the Honors Dinner was streamed live on the conference's digital platform, TheW.tv. 

Beginning next year, the West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball head coaches will meet at the June Executive Council meeting, allowing for increased face-to-face dialogue among head coaches and Conference leadership. In addition, the joint session will spur conversations regarding competitiveness, student-athlete experience, exposure, and leadership. 

Other action items at the meetings included:

WCC 2014-17 Strategic Plan
The 2014-17 WCC Strategic Plan progress in the four pillars of leadership, student-athlete experience, competitiveness and exposure was reviewed. 

WCC Governance Structure
The West Coast Conference governance structure was modified to be more nimble and better able to focus on enhancing student-athlete experience and aligning strategic priorities. All 10 institutions will be represented on four cabinets: Championships and Sports Administration, Basketball Operations, External Affairs, Academics and Governance. 

Basketball Championship Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the 2017 West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships in Las Vegas will remain unchanged from 2016. The group will review comprehensive ticketing models for 2018 and 2019 in the fall.