JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 23, 2020) – The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday the appointment of Autumn Lockwood to the position of Assistant Director of Basketball Sport Performance.
“It feels amazing to be able to stay at ETSU,” Lockwood said. “It’s really rewarding for me to take the next step in my career here. The familiarity is going to be an advantage in so many ways, especially considering the great relationships I’ve already built with the staff and athletes. I’m looking forward to continuing to build on what we’ve created in Johnson City over the last two years.”
Lockwood, who completed her graduate assistantship at ETSU in the strength and conditioning department this spring, spent most of her first two years in Johnson City working with the women’s basketball team before graduating with her Master’s Degree in Sport and Recreation Management in May. Lockwood will take on additional responsibilities with her new title, but will continue to work primarily with head coach Brittney Ezell’s team, something the eight-year veteran of Buccaneer basketball is thrilled to see.
“Autumn’s expertise and enthusiasm for her job is unsurpassed,” Ezell said. “She is a student of her craft and works tirelessly to help our players and program. I’m about as excited as you can be that she is remaining with our program and the university.”
Prior to her time at ETSU, Lockwood served as an assistant football strength coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She developed and implemented nutrition packets for preseason, in-season, and off-season schedules based on body composition and goals. Lockwood also implemented, demonstrated and helped coach training methodologies including Triphasic Training, Velocity Based Training and Conjugate training for members of the UNLV football team. Lockwood was a strength and conditioning intern at UNLV before being promoted to the assistant football strength coach role.
Before her time with the UNLV football team, Lockwood got her start at the University of Arizona, where she was responsible for running the cheer team’s in-season warm up and strength training three times per week. She was also responsible for daily weight room set up and break down.
Lockwood is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and also has certifications in adult first aid, CPR and AED.
“I hope I continue to grow and gain more experiences as my career continues here at ETSU,” Lockwood said. “While doing that, I hope to help my athletes and programs grow as well. It’s my responsibility to help these athletes develop into the best versions of themselves through the gifts they’ve already been given. I want to build these athletes into basketball success stories in the ways that I can, but I’m most passionate about building them into successful people that are going to do great things in this world.”
For more information on ETSU Women’s Basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s basketball page.