SPARTANBURG, SC (SMC) - SMC athletic director Megan Aiello is pleased to announce that Heather Macy will be the new head women’s basketball coach starting July 8, 2019. Macy replaces Briana Clark, who left SMC in June to join the coaching staff at Mars Hill College.
Macy brings almost 20 years of coaching experience to SMC’s athletic program. Most recently, she was the women’s head coach at East Carolina University where she was recognized as their All-Time Winningest Coach. Macy has also held head coach positions at Francis Marion University and Pfeiffer University.
“I am thrilled to welcome Heather as the next head women’s basketball coach at SMC,” says Aiello. “With her experience and success as a NCAA Division I coach, she is the perfect person to move the program forward.”
Macy’s achievements are extensive as both a player and coach. She was inducted into the Greensboro College Hall of Fame and Starmount High School Hall of Fame. Her honors include 2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year and 2006/2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. At East Carolina University, Macy set the university record for three consecutive 20-plus win seasons, adding to her 200-plus career wins.
In addition to her collegiate career, Macy founded Influence and Impacters, Inc., a nonprofit that helps people of all ages reach their goals through service and leadership events. Macy’s organization also hosts basketball camps and clinics. A camp for middle and high school students is scheduled at SMC in August.
Macy, who has been a speaker at some of the top coaching clinics in the country, including USA Basketball and Nike Championship Clinics, is also a frequent speaker at corporate events on the topics of leadership, teamwork, accountability and discipline. Her book, Two Feet Forward, published in February and was the top new release in basketball coaching on Amazon.
“The culture and beliefs at Spartanburg Methodist College align with my philosophies relative to leadership, guiding principles and values within a community. I view this as a powerful opportunity to work alongside President Cochran and athletic director Megan Aiello,” says Macy. “On top of this, I see great value in the ability to help develop and prepare young people on the front and back ends of their college careers. This position checks all of the boxes and is a win in my book. I am grateful to be selected to lead the women’s basketball program and thrilled to join the SMC team.”
Macy earned her Master of Science in Human Performance and Recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Studies from Greensboro College. She also is certified in Emotional Intelligence (EQ).