GREENVILLE - East Carolina women’s basketball head coach Heather Macy, a Hamptonville native and graduate from Starmount, captured Conference USA’s Coach of the Year award, the conference announced last week.
In her third season at the helm of the ECU women’s basketball program, Macy led the Pirates to a 21-8 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
The 20-win season and highest-ever seeding for ECU comes on the heels of the Pirates being chosen to finish 11th in the conference preseason polls after concluding the 2011-12 campaign with a 12-19 overall record and a 5-11 C-USA mark.
East Carolina received an at-large bid in the upcoming Women’s National Invitational Tournament, its first postseason appearance since the 2009-10 season.
This award is Macy’s first C-USA Coach of the Year honor and her fourth-career coach of the year award after having garnered the honor at Pfeiffer in 2006-07 and winning the awards on two separate occasions at Francis Marion (2007-08 and 2008-09).
Macy, a 1996 graduate of Starmount and a member of the Lady Rams’ varsity team, was a four-year letter-winner at Greensboro College. She ended her career 11th on the Pride’s career scoring list and in the top 10 for assists, graduating in 2000 with a degree in sport and exercise studies (cum laude).
In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in human performance and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.
After six seasons as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks, Macy was named the head coach at Pfeifffer in 2005. In 2006-07, she took the Falcons to a 26-5 record, the Carolina-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) regular-season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Macy then guided Francis Marion to back-to-back Peach Belt Conference Championships from 2007-09, where she took the Patriots to the Sweet 16 in her final season at the helm.
Macy owns a career mark of 131-54 as a head coach.
The Pirates open playoff action Thursday against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky.
“I am so thrilled to coach this team another day,” Macy said. “These girls have worked so hard; they deserve success.”
Information courtesy of ECUPirates.com.