ECU Hires Heather Macy As New Women's Basketball Coach

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Heather Macy, who guided Francis Marion University to a 75-19 record as well as three NCAA Division II Tournament berths and national rankings, has been named head coach of the East Carolina women’s basketball program, according to an announcement by director of athletics Terry Holland Friday.

Macy succeeds Sharon Baldwin-Tener, who accepted the same position at Georgia State University earlier this month.

“I am excited about this new opportunity at East Carolina,” Macy said. “I am looking forward to getting started right away. I would like to thank Chancellor Ballard, Terry Holland and the search committee for their help through this process. I am anxious to meet the team and to get to know the players.”

The Executive Committee of the ECU Board of Trustees, acting for the full board, formally approved the appointment of Macy and a memorandum of understanding in a conference call meeting Friday afternoon. She will be introduced to the media at a 4:30 p.m. press conference today.

“Coach Macy's resume is extremely impressive,” Holland said. “After her first year as a head coach, her teams have averaged over 25 wins per season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year. Her squads play an exciting brand of basketball at both ends of the floor and have consistently led the country in scoring and steals at the Division II level.

“Her commitment to the total development of student-athletes is just as impressive and her coaches and team members play an active leadership role in the community as well. I truly believe she has a contagious energy and enthusiasm that will excite the Pirate Nation and provide the momentum to help ECU women's basketball achieve its goal of competing for conference and national championships.”

"I know Heather will do a great job at East Carolina,” North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell remarked. “The program is adding one of the top young coaches in the country and I fully expect that her success at Francis Marion will carry over to ECU. I think Heather will handle the transition to Division I with the same class she has shown throughout her career and that fans will love her exciting, up-tempo brand of women's basketball."

Macy, who owns a career record of 113-41, led Francis Marion to a 27-5 ledger last season as the squad finished second in the East Division of the Peach Belt Conference. The Patriots then reached the championship game of the league tournament before falling to Lander University. FMU subsequently earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the second round. Additionally, Francis Marion led the nation in steals per game and ranked second in both scoring offense and assists while earning a No. 20 national ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 poll.

During the 2008-09 campaign, Macy directed the Patriots to a 27-5 record, a No. 14 national ranking, a second-straight Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship and a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance where the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. For the second-straight season, Francis Marion led Division II in scoring offense and steals per game. It marked the third time in as many seasons that a Macy-coached team led the nation in scoring offense. She also earned conference coach-of-the-year honors for a third-straight campaign.

Heather Macy Bio Courtesy of Francis Marion University:

Her two-year coaching record at Francis Marion is 48-14 and her four-year career mark is 88-34.

This past year (2008-09), she directed the Patriots to a 27-5 record, a No. 14 national ranking, a second-straight Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship, and a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance where the team advanced to the round of Sweet Sixteen. Also for the second year in a row, Francis Marion led Division II in scoring offense (88.1 ppg) and steals per game (19.4). It marked the third time in three seasons that a Macy coached team led the nation in scoring offense. She also earned conference Coach of the Year honors for a third straight season (twice in the Peach Belt Conference).

In her first year (2007-08), she guided Francis Marion to a 21-9 record and was named the Peach Belt's Coach of the Year. After inheriting a 6-22 squad, the 21-9 mark equaled the largest won-loss turn-around in NCAA Division II last year, and the eighth-best ever. The Patriots captured a share of the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title and earned a bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament, where the program served as the host for the South Atlantic Regional. FMU led the nation in scoring offense (89.3 ppg) and steals per game (18.5 per game).

Macy was named to head the program on March 21, 2007, and became the 10th head coach in the storied history of the Francis Marion program, and the youngest new coach since Sherri Tynes took over the coaching reigns as a 27-year-old in 1988.

The Hamptonville, N.C., native came to Francis Marion after two seasons as head coach at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. In 2006-07, she took the Falcons to a 26-5 record, the CVAC regular-season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The team's record represented the fourth-best turnaround in Division II. She was named the CVAC Coach of the Year, and her squad led the nation in scoring offense (83.0 ppg).

In her first season at Pfeiffer, her squad produced a 14-15 mark after she inherited only four returnees from an 8-20 squad. Her Pfeiffer team represented the United States in the Barbados vs. USA Friendship Basketball Tour during the summer of 2006.

Her coaching resume also includes stints as an assistant coach at two Division I institutions, University of Maryland-Baltimore County and High Point University, and a pair of Division II schools, Lenoir-Rhyne College, and Catawba College. In her six seasons as an assistant, her teams' combined records were 84-60.

She served as head coach for a USA Athletes International squad that toured Australia in 2004 and won a gold medal with a 7-0 mark at the Australian Youth Games.

She is founder of the highly-successful Focused 50 Basketball Camp, which is now held at FMU. She was a featured speaker at the 2008 South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association clinic in North Charleston, will speak at the 2009 Triad Coaches Clinic in Winston-Salem, N.C., and has been invited to speak at the NIKE Coaching Clinic in Myrtle Beach in April 2010. She also holds an annual coaches clinic at Francis Marion in October.

Macy received a B.S. degree in sport and exercise studies (cum laude) from Greensboro College, where she was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball court. She ended her career 11th on The Pride's career scoring list (707 points) and in the top 10 for assists (207). In 2002, she earned a master's degree in human performance and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Upon her graduation, she quickly moved into the coaching ranks, accepting the position at Catawba.

The Francis Marion program has an all-time record of 723-349 in 36 seasons. The Patriots have captured two national championships, the 1982 AIAW Division II title and the 1986 NAIA title, and also advanced to the 1998 NCAA Division II Final Four. The program made five straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances between 1997 and 2001, before making back-to-back trips to the Big Dance in 2008 and 2009.

Year Record Conf. Record Finish NCAAs Highlights
2005-06 14-15 11-9 5th in Regular Season
2006-07 26-5 18-2 CVAC Regular-Season & Tournament Champs Yes CVAC Coach of the Year
2007-08 21-9 13-7 PBC Regular-Season Champs Yes PBC Coach of the Year
2008-09 27-5 17-3 PBC Regular-Season Champs Yes PBC Coach of the Year