Harvard Coaches Participate in Women's Leadership Conference

Harvard head women's basketball Kathy Delaney-Smith and men's freshman lightweight crew coach Linda Muri teamed up with MLB Network reporter Trenni Kusnierek for the 22nd Women's Leadership Conference at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on Aug. 18.

About 25 rising sophomores and juniors at Harvard attended the panel, part of a six-day conference, as Delaney-Smith, Muri and Kusnierek discussed the importance of sports and athletics in women's lives personally and professionally. They addressed challenges women have faced in sports; and how women can work together to disprove stereotypes and succeed in the sports industry.


Delaney-Smith is in her 28th season as head coach of the Crimson. She is the winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach with 419 victories to her credit. Delaney-Smith has guided the Crimson to 11 Ivy League titles and seven postseason appearances.


Muri, a nine-time U.S. national team member and three-time world champion, begins her ninth season as the freshman lightweight head coach. Her crew won a silver medal at the EARC Sprints to help Harvard earn the Jope Cup. Her oarsmen have also won medals at the IRA National Championships in the fours.


Trenni is an accomplished reporter with previous experience at FSN Wisconsin and FSN Pittsburgh and she has been MLB's go-to resource for live reporting and interviews from MLB games across the country.


Delaney-Smith and Muri have been a part of the event, organized by the Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Leadership Project, for the last four years.


"It's very inspiring to be in a room full of women who have such drive and determination," Muri said of the event. "I get just as much out of the experience as the students who attend the conference."