JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 4, 2009) - When former Lady Buccaneer sharpshooter Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) stepped off the court for the final time in an ETSU uniform at the 2008 NCAA Tournament, she knew it wouldn't be the last time she would lace up her sneakers.
On Monday morning ETSU's all-time three-point shooter will revive her basketball career when she boards a flight over the
"I am very excited to be given this opportunity to continue playing the game I love and have a passion for," said DeVault, over the phone in her hometown of
DeVault's senior season was a memorable one for the Lady Buccaneer star, as she helped guide ETSU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08. During that campaign DeVault reached numerous milestones - such as joining the prestigious 1000-point club with her deep trey against Gardner-Webb on Jan. 12 inside
Before continuing a career path in basketball, DeVault knew she needed to complete her degree in Elementary Education. DeVault finished her student-teaching assignment in the fall of 2008, and graduated that winter before heading out to Palm Springs, Calif. to become a Fitness Trainer. However, after spending a few months out west, DeVault knew she wanted to make the switch to basketball.
"After I finished playing at ETSU a few teams contacted me, but I knew it was important to finish my student-teaching and graduating first," added DeVault. "I held on to the teams' contact information, and when I realized fitness training wasn't for me, I gave the coaches a call to see if they had any spots open."
Ironically, it was another former Lady Buccaneer who had a hand in helping DeVault land the gig in
"Jessica played a big part in helping me land with this team in
The Iceland-Express league begins its 9-month schedule in mid-October. Team U.M.F. Grindavik finished 8-12 a year ago, but they won the Icelandic Cup in 2007-08.
"I am very happy Michele has been given the chance to continue her basketball career," added head ETSU women's basketball coach Karen Kemp, who has now guided six Lady Buccaneer student-athletes to professional playing careers overseas. "Michele is a very talented basketball player, and she has meant so much to this program. I wish her the best of luck in
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