INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Virginia Commonwealth University assistant women's basketball coach Trena Trice-Hill was recently selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaches Excellence (ACE) Program in Indianapolis.

Trice-Hill is among a selected group of coaches chosen nationally to participate in the three-day event, which concludes June 8.  Administered by the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs department in partnership with the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA), the ACE Program provides participants an opportunity to engage and interact with current NCAA head basketball coaches, director of athletics and leaders involved in intercollegiate athletics.

"Being selected as an ACE participant is a tremendous honor," said Trice-Hill.  "The program will enhance my professional growth as a leader in women's basketball."

The event is designed to provide professional development to a talented group of minority collegiate basketball coaches as well as engage training and education in the areas of leadership, communication, campus relations, media, community involvement and program management.

Trice-Hill is entering her second season at VCU in 2011-12.  Following a 14-year professional career in the WNBA and with the Federal International Basketball Association, she joined the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at Hampton University in 2002.  There, she helped guide the Pirates to back-to-back MEAC titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances before returning to her alma mater N.C. State for a five-year stint under the late Kay Yow.  After her time with the Wolfpack, Trice-Hill accepted an assistant coaching position at Shaw University, where she spent the 2009-10 campaign.