Barry joins women’s basketball coaching staff
Laura Barry (center)
Laura Barry (center)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Third addition to Ezell’s inaugural coaching staff at ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 13, 2013) – ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell announced Thursday the addition of Laura Barry to the Lady Bucs’ coaching staff.

Barry joins the ETSU coaching staff after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at St. John’s University; including overseeing the team managers and practice players, helping organize gameday operations and travel, utilizing social media and assisting coaches when necessary.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Laura Barry to our coaching staff,” said Ezell. “Laura is the perfect complement to Nikki Davis and Brittany Burkhardt and brings a wealth of experience to our program from her playing days at the University of North Carolina and her time spent as a graduate assistant at St. John’s University. She is a consummate learner and a passionate teacher. Laura is bright, energetic and eager to get started here with the Buccaneers. I have no doubt that her knowledge of the game, her ability to instruct and her enthusiasm will resonate well with our student-athletes.”

Prior to arriving at St. John’s, Barry spent the 2010-11 season assisting head coach Kate Costanzo at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. At Allegheny, Barry served as recruiting coordinator; working closely with admissions and prospective student-athletes, as well as serving as academic coordinator. In addition, she was solely responsible for video breakdown of games and opponents’ tendencies and also organized travel arrangements for the Gators.

As a student-athlete, the native North Carolinian played three seasons at the University of North Carolina (2007-09) where she played for head coach Sylvia Hatchell. In her time in Chapel Hill, she was a part of two ACC Championships and a member of the 2007 UNC squad that reached the NCAA Final. Preceding UNC, Barry competed during the 2004-05 season at UNC-Wilmington under former Tar Heel assistant coach Ann Hancock.

Barry graduated from the University of North Carolina with a dual bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Communications Studies in 2009.

"I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity with Coach Ezell and the East Tennessee State women's basketball family,” said Barry. “This university has a tradition of success in women's basketball and we aspire to push that even further moving forward. I am thrilled to work with this group and bring excitement about this women's basketball team to the community."

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