WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Centennial Conference and McDaniel College hosted the 18th annual Snell-Shillingford Symposium this past weekend.
Female athlete representatives and coaches from the conference's 11 member schools converged on Westminster to participate in sessions designed to empower women in the coaching profession and to encourage them to take up the legacy of those who have gone before them.
The symposium honors the contributions and commitment of two of the most influential women in the coaching profession, Eleanor Frost Snell and Jen Shillingford. Miss Snell, as she was known to her students, served Ursinus College as a professor of health and physical education, coach, and head of the women's physical education department for four decades, from 1931 to 1971.
In keeping with the program's emphasis on mentoring and passing on the education of coaches from one generation to the next, the symposium also bears the name of Snell's student and mentee, Jen Shillingford, who served as field hockey coach and athletic director for over 20 years at Bryn Mawr and president of the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA).
Participants heard presentations on various topics, ranging from a lecture on the "Many Hats of Coaching" to things like the history of women in coaching. Many of the presenters were coaches and administrators from within the Centennial Conference. Additionally, experts in gender equity and Title IX, Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, professor at Drexel University, and Amy Wilson, Director of Gender Inclusion at the NCAA, served as keynote speakers.
Former McDaniel coach and administrator Dr. Carol Fritz also provided a presentation to the participants on her collection of women's athletic memorabilia, which is permanently on display in the Gill Center.