LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head women’s basketball coach Joe Legerski completed his staff with the hiring of Heather Ezell an assistant coach with the Cowgirl program.
“I am pleased to have Heather join our staff,” Legerski said. “She will bring a wealth of knowledge, both playing and coaching, to our basketball program. Heather excelled on the court as a Division I player and understands the challenges that face young players of today.”
Ezell comes to Wyoming after spending the past four seasons at Southeast Missouri State. She joined the staff in 2011 and was responsible for working with the guards along with organizing practices, game day preparation and running summer camps. In 2012-13, she helped mentor Kara Wright to an Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer selection, marking the first Redhawk to earn postseason honors since the 2008-09 season.
"I am more than excited to be part of the Cowgirl staff and work under Coach Legerski,” Ezell added. “He is one of the most respected coaches in the business and has built a successful program that I can't wait to be a part of. I look forward to working with everyone at the University of Wyoming, especially the Women's Basketball student-athletes and can't wait to have a great season.”
Ezell spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Fairfield University, where the Stags posted a 17-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She worked primarily with perimeter players while assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice and game planning, recruiting and coordinating the team’s community service efforts.
Ezell had a highly decorated career both collegiately and professionally which began as a four-year letterwinner at Iowa State University (2005-09). She finished her career tied for the Cyclones’ career record with 287 made three-point field goals and finished 10th in program history with 1,339 points. In her senior season, Ezell earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors. She ranked 27th nationally with 2.5 three-point field goals made per game and eighth in the Big 12 with 3.5 assists per contest. Ezell also earned a spot on the 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament Team and helped the Cyclones to three NCAA appearances including the Elite Eight in 2009.
Ezell moved onto the professional level in 2009-10, playing in Iceland for Haukar where she was named Best Player in the Iceland Express League. She led the league in points and steals while finishing second in assists and rebounds. She also earned Most Valuable Player recognition in the league’s All-Star Game.
A native of Springfield, Mo., Ezell led her Kickapoo High School team to two state championships and a 113-7 record during her prep years. She was named Miss Show Me Basketball as Missouri’s top player in 2005. Ezell graduated from Iowa State in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing.