Ezell leaves for East Tennessee State; Belmont searches for new women's hoops coach

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:37pm

After guiding Belmont to the postseason for the first time in six years, Brittney Ezell is moving on.

Ezell was named women’s basketball coach at East Tennessee State on Monday and was scheduled for a formal introduction at a Friday press conference.

The Franklin native spent went 41-52 in three years at Belmont. The Bruins improved each year — winning 11 games in 2010-11, 12 the next year and 18 this past season, which ended with an appearance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

“I want to thank Brittney for her service to Belmont University,” athletics director Mike Strickland said. “Her contributions enabled us to transition into the OVC seamlessly. We wish Brittney well in the next phase of her career.”

This is the fourth head coaching job for Ezell.

The 37-year-old spent two years at Division II Montavello (Ala.) and three years as a junior college coach at Northwest Florida State College. She was also an assistant for five years at her alma mater, Alabama, where she starred in basketball and softball. Ezell scored more than 2,000 points and 600 assists as a standout at Franklin High.

She replaces Karen Kemp, who retired after 19 seasons. ETSU went 8-18 overall and 6-12 in the Atlantic Sun Conference last year.


1 Comment on this post:

By: Nitzche on 4/30/13 at 10:20

nitzche says, going the wrong way with this career move?