NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice was joined by decorated women in the industry of athletics, Alison Ojeda of Tennessee tennis, Taylor Mott of Austin Peay volleyball, Helen Williams of HMW Sports Consulting and Aleke Tsoubanos of Vanderbilt tennis as the group spoke on a panel covering the topic of lessons learned at this year's Women In Sports Learn. Grow. Lead. A Day of Professional Development conference, in partnership with the Ohio Valley Conference.
The event, hosted on the campus of fellow conference member, Belmont University, garnered 175 women representing sports organizations and schools such as the NCAA, SEC, C-USA, NCAA and the Nashville Predators.
Legendary women in the field of athletics and beyond such as Joan Cronan, 30-year Director of Women's Athletics at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Diane Murphy and Dr. Alisa White, President of Austin Peay State Univeristy, served as speakers before Cheeseborough took to the mic.
Quotes on lessons learned throughout her tenure as a Division I track and field coach:
"It's not just about track and field. It's about life. When you show you care, you get them on board."
-on how to get athletes to buy in
"You have to demand respect. I got a little more stern. Many questioned my knowledge and questioned my experience, but I wouldn't have nine championships if I didn't know what I was doing.
-on the transition to coaching both men and women
"I'm not afraid to let people shine."
-on her supporting her coaching staff