About News Dean Solomon Steps In as Guest Coach for UVA Women's Basketball Nov 27, 2019 Erin Tor Dean Solomon Steps In as Guest Coach for UVA Women's Basketball This past Sunday, Dean Ian Solomon took a timeout from his regular day-to-day responsibilities to step in as guest coach for the UVA women's basketball team as they faced off against Old Dominion University. Batten student and senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (MPP '21) nominated Dean Solomon for the Guest Coach program, a unique offering designed to strengthen on-Grounds relationships between athletics and academics. “We have found that the Guest Coach program is a great way for faculty, staff, and other supporters of our program to get a behind-the-scenes look at what game day consists of for our student-athletes," said Katherine Lawrence, who helps to organize the Guest Coach program as an academic coordinator for the Athletic Department. "It takes a lot to prepare for a game, both mentally and physically, and this is the student’s opportunity to show that perspective. We find a lot of value in creating opportunities for faculty, staff, and student-athletes to interact and build relationships. When I ask for recommendations, the student-athletes are always excited to send me names!” On the court, Willoughby—who was recently named ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her career-high performance during Virginia's season opener against Bucknell—hit a game-tying three-point shot with seconds remaining in regulation, leading the Hoos to a 56-53 overtime victory. Photographer Tom Cogill captured game day with the dean. Dean Solomon kicks off the day in John Paul Jones Arena. Jimmy Yu, assistant director of operations for women's basketball, leads Dean Solomon on a behind-the-scenes tour of JPJ. In the locker room, Dean Solomon admires Willoughby's impressive sneaker collection. Dean Solomon chats with freshman forward Meg Jefferson, freshman guard Carole Miller, freshman guard Dylan Horton, and freshman guard Kylie Kornegay-Lucas, who was later named the ACC Freshman of the Week after scoring 31 points in Sunday's game. Joining a pre-game tradition, the dean enjoys breakfast with the team and staff. Willoughby and senior forward Lisa Jablonowski chat with the dean before warming up. Willoughby provides a few pointers on the court. Dean Solomon takes a shot before game time. Willoughby and Jablonowski gift the dean with a team-signed ball as a token of appreciation. Academic Coordinator Katherine Lawrence and Dean Solomon discuss the Guest Coach program before the game begins. Guest coaches experience the game as part of the team, seated directly behind the the coaches and players. Dean Solomon listens to Coach Tina Thompson during a timeout huddle. Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon The Future of Democracy: Is Democracy in Decline? News How do we restore faith in the American political system and in democracy as an institution? Hear from Batten Dean Ian H. Solomon and fellow panelists Melody Barnes, Micah Schwartzman, Larry Terry, Larry Sabato, and moderator Mary Kate Cary. First Batten Hour of the Year Kicks Off with Roundtable Discussion with Dean Solomon News This week, Batten hosted the first Batten Hour of the year featuring brief remarks from Dean Ian H. Solomon followed by a roundtable conversation with the dean, students, and faculty, providing an opportunity for the Batten community to get to learn more about the new dean, both professionally and personally.