Ezell adds Burkhardt, Davis to coaching staff
Burkhardt (left), Davis (right)
Burkhardt (left), Davis (right)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Initial additions to the first-year coach’s staff

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 31, 2013) – ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell announced Friday the additions of Brittany Burkhardt and Nikki Davis to the Lady Bucs’ coaching staff.

Burkhardt joins the ETSU coaching staff after spending the 2012-13 season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Detroit Mercy; assisting in on the court preparation, film exchange, game management and day-to-day office responsibilities. Prior to being promoted to graduate assistant coach, the Michigan native served as a graduate manager for the Titans during the 2011-12 season.

“Brittany Burkhardt is a terrific addition to our staff,” said Ezell. “Her ability to relate to, as well as to communicate with, the student-athletes is invaluable. Brittany is a genuine, energetic and passionate person who is eager to teach and also to continue to learn the game. Her personality and work ethic will endear her to recruits immediately and her ties to the Midwest region of the country will allow us the opportunity to open new recruiting paths for ETSU basketball. Brittany’s Women’s Basketball Invitational championship experience at the University of Detroit Mercy will serve as a springboard for her into what I believe is a bright future in the coaching profession.”

Davis joins the Lady Bucs’ coaching staff following spending last season as an assistant coach at Morehead State University. The Kentucky native joined the Eagles’ program after completing her student-athlete playing career at Virginia Tech in 2012, with a previous stop at the University of Alabama

"We are thrilled to have Nikki Davis join our staff,” said Ezell. “Nikki is a tireless worker that genuinely values the teaching aspect of our profession.  Her background as a player in the SEC at Alabama and in the ACC at Virginia Tech is an incredible asset and her coaching experience in the OVC will serve her well at ETSU. Nikki works with an extremely high level of intensity, enthusiasm and passion on the court while maintaining a spirit of gratitude and selflessness. She will be a great addition to our program."

As a student-athlete, Burkhardt was a four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer for the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. She received numerous accolades during her career including a selection to GLIAC All-Academic team, Dean’s List, and preseason All-Conference. Burkhardt also served as team captain her senior year, finishing her playing career with 1,031 points and 606 rebounds. She scored in double digits in three of her four seasons, including leading SVSU in scoring as a junior at 11.7 points per game.

Burkhardt graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

"I’m very honored by and excited for the opportunity to be part of Coach Ezell’s coaching staff at ETSU,” said Burkhardt. “I will do everything possible to help make this program great again. I welcome the challenge and hard work that lies ahead. I feel as a former successful college basketball player and with my experience as a coach at Detroit, I will bring a lot of fresh ideas to this program in order to help us be successful. I know I share many of the same beliefs, philosophies, attitude and work ethic that Coach Ezell wants and expects so I cannot wait to get started. I’m excited to be part of the Bucs family here at ETSU!"

Prior to becoming a Hokie, Davis spent her freshman season at the University of Alabama where she averaged 5.1 points, while playing in all 30 games, and tied the Crimson Tide freshman record with 11 assists in a game that season.

After sitting out the 2007-08 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Davis averaged 7.5 points as a sophomore, 6.4 points as a junior and 6.4 points as a senior, while seeing action in 80 career games for the Hokies. She led Virginia Tech in assists as a junior and senior, while ranking first in steals her final season and also earned the athletic department's strength & conditioning award in 2009 and 2011.

Davis graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2012.

"I am very excited about joining Coach Ezell's staff and the East Tennessee State University family,” said Davis. “Coach Ezell has proven herself as a true program builder; she has been a winner throughout her career and I can't wait to bring that mentality back to Johnson City."

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