JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2018) – With the ETSU women’s basketball season opener at Cincinnati set for Nov. 9, we are officially 50 days away from tip off, as we take a look back at Brittney Ezell’s success since her arrival.
Ezell became the eighth head coach in the 46-year history of East Tennessee State University women’s basketball on May 8, 2013. This will be her sixth year in charge of the program. Ezell is most known for her daunting scheduling, her public speaking events, and success in ticket revenue.
“I want to give our kids the best experience possible in Division I college basketball,” Ezell said after the Bucs played at No. 14 Tennessee in 2017. “I want to give our kids the kind of experience I had playing at the University of Alabama and that’s to compete at the highest level night in and night out.
As the Buccaneers reach 50 days until the start of the 2018-19 season, let’s take a closer look at the accomplishments of the program during Ezell’s time at ETSU.
- Ezell has scheduled six teams in a Power 5 conference in the last two years, including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina, NC State, and Washington State.
- ETSU had one of their most successful seasons in 2017-18 with a 20-13 record and 11-3 in the SoCon. Ezell notched her 200th career win against Samford on Feb. 22, 2018.
- Last season the Bucs earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and it was the second time ETSU earned that high of a seed under Ezell.
- ETSU swept Chattanooga in the 2017-18 regular season. It was the first time in program history since the 1997-98 season.
- Under her leadership, Erica Haynes-Overton highlighted the 2017-18 postseason awards after being named Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. It was the first time an ETSU player was named Defensive Player of the Year in the award’s 11-year history and stopped a four-year run by Chattanooga.
- Tianna Tarter was a third straight First Team All-SoCon selection and is now ETSU’s all-time leader in free throws.
- Since moving to Brooks Gym in 2014, the Bucs hold a 20-8 home record. The overall conference record since 2014 is currently 38-18.
- Ezell has guided three players to play professionally overseas; Shamauria Bridges, Yamile Rodriguez, and Tianna Tarter.
- Since her arrival, she has increased the ticket sales revenue by 3,008%. During the 2016-17 season, ETSU ranked second in the SoCon with 18,860 in attendance, while obtaining a new school record crowd of 6,072 against Tennessee.
- In each of the last five years, ETSU has finished in the top half of the conference.
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