SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University Director of Athletics, Francis X. Reidy, has announced the appointment of Missy West at the next Saint Leo womens basketball coach. West previously served as the head womens basketball coach at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and she comes to the Lions as the twelfth coach in program history.
I know it is an often used line, but Melissa West was the simply the best fit for Saint Leo and how we want to be represented on the court, in the classroom and around the community, said Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy. St. Leo plays in the NCAA Division II Sunshrine Conference.
West has a proven track record with 10 years of coaching experience in NCAA Division III as well as NAIA. Her resume also boasts success as a Division I womens basketball player at Duke University in addition to experience playing professionally in Germany.
I am thrilled to work with the fantastic administration, great coaches within the athletic department, and all of the dedicated student-athletes, said West of the appointment.
Serving as the head coach for the Hartwick Hawks during the past six seasons in which she compiled a record three-straight 22-win seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances, an Eastern College Athletic Conference title, and two trips to the Empire 8 Conference Championship game.
A two-time Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year honoree, she was one of only eight coaches in the country to be named a finalist for the Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III National Coach of the Year.
Prior to her time at Harwick, West served as an assistant coach to Bruce Tallon at SUNY Canton for three years helping the Lady Roos post a 53-23 overall record, including an NAIA Sunrise Conference regular season title.
Before entering the coaching sphere, West competed as a womens basketball student-athlete at Duke University, where she received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology with minors in History and Biological Anthropology. On the court, she was a member of two Atlantic Coach Conference (ACC) tournament title teams as well as three regular season ACC title teams.
A native of Malone West was a three-sport standout at Franlin Academy, where she named Miss Basketball at New York State. She also excelled in soccer and softball. West also holds an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy, and she enjoys competing in triathlons and Ironman events, hiking, fishing, and camping.