BOCA RATON, Fla.-Lynn University juniors Kala Abdell and Michael Woo were selected as participants for the 2010 NCAA Coaches and Administrators Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. on May 11-14. The forum is a four-day event through which selected student-athletes from Division I, II and III will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on collegiate athletics. Through the use of dual tracks, participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting will be covered with participants.
"We are very proud of both Kala and Michael," said Sara Quatrocky, Director of Student-Athlete Services/SWA. "They are a great representation of our athletic department and their interest in continuing with a career in college athletics definitely is a reflection on the positive experiences they have both had as student-athletes."
Abdell, a volleyball student-athlete, completed her first year with the Blue and White this past fall. She started all 32 matches at outside hitter, slamming 2.83 kills per game, the second-highest on the team. The Royal Palm Beach, Fla. native also posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall while majoring in Advertising and Public Relations.
"This is a great honor for Kala and Lynn University," added head volleyball coach Lynze Roos. "She is an ambitious and brilliant young woman, and for her to choose a career in athletics is encouraging and promising. Kayla is the type of student-athlete who will be successful in any avenue she chooses, so this is a gain for our profession and for Lynn University."
A three-year member of the men's basketball team, Woo isn't a stranger to the NCAA national conference spotlight. He represented Lynn at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., in May 2009. The Mercer Island, Wash., native also serves as the Vice President of Lynn's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been an intern in the athletic department during the 2009-10 academic year.
"We are very excited for Michael's selection to attend this prestigious event," said Scott McMillin, head men's basketball coach. "He has worked extremely hard over the past three years not only on the court but also in the classroom and the community. The opportunity is well deserved and our basketball program is happy for him. I know he will represent our team and the Lynn University community well."