Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s women’s basketball team added a pair of assistant coaches to the staff for the 2011-12 season, head coach Ashlee Courter announced on Monday. Julie Freeman-Moore and Melissa Brooks bring extensive coaching experience to go with stellar playing careers on the hardwood to the Saints sideline.
“After an extensive search I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Julie Freeman-Moore and Melissa Brooks,” Courter said. “Julie brings a wealth of experience as a coach and player. Her background, knowledge and enthusiasm will be beneficial to our team’s development.
“Melissa impressed me with her success at Holy Family,” Courter continued. “Her experience as a player and eagerness to learn the ins-and-outs of coaching will continue to help our program to move forward.”
Freeman-Moore brings experience from all three NCAA divisions to the Saints sideline. She began her coaching career as an assistant at D-III Plattsburgh State before moving on to the D-I ranks as an assistant at Army. Returning to the court, Freeman-Moore spent three seasons as a player/coach for FoKoPo in Forssa, Finland and with the New York Gazelle travel team before spending a season as a volunteer assistant at D-II Armstrong Atlantic State.
A four year starter at North Carolina-Greensboro, Freeman-Moore was a two-time Second Team All-Big South selection. She scored over 1,000 points and grabbed over 750 rebounds in her career and posted the first triple-double in program history for the Spartans.
Brooks comes to the Saints after two seasons as an assistant basketball and softball coach at the George School in Newtown, Pa. She was a four-year standout at Division II Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she scored 1,115 career points and led the Tigers to a 116-13 record, four NCAA Regional Tournament appearances and back-to-back Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships in 2007 and 2008. Brooks was named CACC Rookie of the Year in 2006 and Third Team All-CACC in both 2007 and 2009.
Marymount opens the 2011-12 season on the road at Randolph-Macon on November 15. The Saints went 13-10 last year and advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals.