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HEAD COACH MELISSA MCFERRIN

“I HAVE KNOWN AND FOLLOWED MELISSA’S SUCCESS SINCE SHE WAS AN ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN. SHE HAS THE PERFECT BASKETBALL PEDIGREE AT THIS TIME TO TAKE OVER THE MEMPHIS PROGRAM BECAUSE SHE IS CAPABLE IN THREE VITAL AREAS. . . SHE CAN RECRUIT, SHE CAN PREPARE, PLAN AND DEVELOP TALENT AND SHE CAN “X AND O” WITH THE BEST OF THEM ON THE SIDELINES. SHE IS ONE OF THE BRIGHT OFFENSIVE MINDS IN OUR GAME AND HAS THE ADAPTATIONS AND FLEXIBILITY IN HER OFFENSIVE SYSTEM TO GIVE THE PLAYERS AT MEMPHIS IMMEDIATE SUCCESS . MCFERRIN WILL PUT MEMPHIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ON THE NATIONAL MAP AND ENHANCE CONFERENCE USA. HER PLAYERS AND THE FANS OF MEMPHIS BASKETBALL WILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN FOLLOWING THIS PROGRAM.” - DEBBIE ANTONELLI, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TV ANALYST

MCFERRIN’S RECORD IN OVERTIME 8-2

be a Tiger,” McFerrin said. “I know that the University of Memphis is about winning and that is exactly the type of place that I want to be. We will become the class of Conference USA. We will have the vision, the plan, the ability and the desire to rise to the top of Conference USA. We will build our program around sound team values and effort. The City of Memphis will be central to our plans. We want fans from Memphis, we want players from Memphis and we want a strong relationship with the coaches of Memphis.” McFerrin came to Memphis following a four-year stint at American University in Washington, D.C. There, she was the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year, guiding her 2007 American team to the Patriot League championship game and her 2008 squad to the school’s first-ever Patriot League regular season championship, finishing with an 18-14 overall record. Her 2007-08 team won 11 of 12 games down the stretch, advancing to the post season for the first time since 1997-98 with a WNIT bid. In four seasons at American, McFerrin compiled a 50-70 record and guided five different players to allconference honors, while two other players earned all-freshman honors. “We are very proud to have Melissa McFerrin in the Tiger family,” said Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. “She brings a wealth of experience from both the collegiate and professional ranks and has been involved as a player and coach

OFF THE COURT • WBCA Academic Top 25 team for having the 17th-highest GPA in the nation in NCAA Division I basketball in 2007-08 • Back-to-back Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year awards • Placed three Tigers on the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in 2008-09. • Placed 29 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. • One Co-SIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree First Team Honoree • One Co-SIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team Honoree

at some of the most respected institutions in the country.” Prior to her stint with American, McFerrin was an associate head coach at the University of Minnesota from 2002-2004. She helped Minnesota to a 50-15 record, including an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2004 and a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2003. She signed two recruiting classes ranked in the top 20 at Minnesota, and helped guide two Kodak All-Americans, including WNBA player Lindsey Whalen. McFerrin’s time at Minnesota came after a five-year association with the WNBA. She began her affiliation with the WNBA as an assistant coach with the New York Liberty from 1997-1999, assisting with coaching duties for the 1997 WNBA Championship runner-up Liberty squad. She moved

MCFERRIN’S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING CAREER 2008-09

Head Coach

University of Memphis

12-18

2007-08

Head Coach

American University

18-14

2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 1993-94 1992-93 1991-92 1990-91 1989-90 1988-89 1987-88 1986-87 1985-86 1984-85 1983-84

Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Associate Head Coach Associate Head Coach General Manager General Manager Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Graduate Assistant Coach

American University American University American University University of Minnesota University of Minnesota WNBA, Washington Mystics WNBA, Washington Mystics WNBA, Washington Mystics WNBA, New York Liberty WNBA, New York Liberty The Ohio State University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Wayland Baptist University

13-19 7-21 12-16 25-9 25-6 10-22 14-18 12-20 18-12 17-11 12-16 21-13 17-13 14-14 28-4 15-13 11-17 14-14 12-17 16-13 17-11 18-11 19-10 20-12

Head Coaching Record

62-88 (Five Years)

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Guided team to first .500 or better non-conference schedule since 2004-05 and to four C-USA road wins. WNIT, school’s first post season since 1997-98 & first Patriot League regular season championship Patriot League championship game NCAA Final Four NCAA Sweet Sixteen Organization’s first WNBA playoffs WNBA Finalists NCAA Second Round NCAA National Runner-Up, Big 10 Champions No. 1 ranked recruiting class

Mid-American Champions

MEMPHIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2009-10

2009-10 Memphis Women's Basketball Information Guide  

The 2009-10 University of Memphis Women's Basketball Information Guide is the official resource for the Tiger basketball team. The 196 page...

2009-10 Memphis Women's Basketball Information Guide  

The 2009-10 University of Memphis Women's Basketball Information Guide is the official resource for the Tiger basketball team. The 196 page...

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