The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. Drinkard ushered Mercer's women's golf program into the Southern Conference starting in her first year at the helm. Mercer has now competed in the postseason in four consecutive seasons following the NCAA Tournament berth. “I don’t want to be in a situation where the new coach feels I’m looking over their shoulder, but I want to … Mercer Mercer Head Women's Basketball Coach Susie Gardner hired her as an assistant and in year one, the Bears won the SoCon. In the 2019-20 season, Mercer advanced to the SoCon Semifinals for the sixth-consecutive season after knocking off No. The 2017-18 season was one for the record books as Mercer registered its first 30-win season in program history. The most comprehensive coverage of Clemson Tigers Women’s Tennis on the web … The Bulldogs won the SEC title in 1983, 1984 and 1986 as Gardner played alongside other noteworthy Georgia players like Teresa Edwards, Janet Harris and Katrina McClain. College: Mercer County Community College Nickname: Vikings Colors: Green & Gold President: Dr. Jianping Wang Athletic Director: John Simone Head Coach: Reggie Murray Assistant Coaches: Jane Berlinger, Charlie Brown, Tameka Turner Athletic Trainer: Keir Livingston UGA made the NCAA Final Four in 1983 and 1985 with Gardner on the squad – including a national runner-up finish in 1985 - and reached the NCAA tournament both of her years as a graduate assistant, as well. Mercer County Community College has enjoyed four decades of excellence in two-year college athletics. In the summer he leads Mercer’s youth basketball camp. Van Nes, Allie Mercer earned its first-ever nod in the NCAA Division I Tournament after snatching the SoCon’s automatic berth. In addition, Gardner has coached three Freshman of the Year winners, one Defensive Player of the Year, nine First Team All-Conference honorees and three Second Team All-Conference winners. Wierzba, Kaitlyn Gardner has accumulated 177 total wins at Mercer, making her the all-time winningest coach in program history. 2015-16 – Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Helped coach the Bears to a 24-9 record, including a 12-2 SoCon mark. Sydni Means. The official Women's Basketball page for the Mercer University Bears Thayne, Susie The Official Athletic Site of the Clemson Tigers, partner of WMT Digital. Barkhoff, Jada 2 Chattanooga 63-55 for its first-ever tournament win over the Mocs. The 2018–19 Mercer Bears women's basketball team represents Mercer University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.The Bears, led by ninth-year head coach Susie Gardner, play their home games at the Hawkins Arena as members of the Southern Conference (SoCon). View Full Bio, Jill Staff Directory Members By Category/Department; Name Title Phone Email Address; Bryce Dillard: Director of Player Personnel (478) 301-2059 (478) 301-2059: KeKe Calloway and Amanda Thompson shared SoCon Player of the Year honors (media and coaches, respectively) and Thompson was later named the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year. MACON — Brenda Welch-Nichols has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Mercer University. Tenaglia also hopes to stay involved with women’s basketball, serving as a resource to the next coach. Mercer picked up its second conference win of the season and the 350th career victory for head coach Susie Gardner with a thrilling 54-53 victory over Wofford. (478) 301-2059 Mercer University named veteran NCAA Division I coach Susie Gardner as the school’s 10th women’s basketball head coach on June 24, 2010. Mercer head coach Susie Gardner shares her thoughts on her team's return to the AP Polls in 38 years, winning the 2018 SoCon Coach of the Year award, the No. Mercer offers intercollegiate competition in men's and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, and tennis, men's baseball, and women's softball. Mercer is under the direction of veteran head coach Susie Gardner, who is in her 22 nd season overall and 11 th in Macon. HEAD COACH SUSIE GARDNER Mercer University named veteran NCAA Division I coach Susie Gardner as the school’s 10th women’s basketball head coach on June 24, 2010. Dougherty, Naomi Murray will take over as the new women's coach at Mercer … The Crimson Tide's game against Sam Houston State was canceled due to … The 2017–18 Mercer Bears women's basketball team represents Mercer University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.The Bears, led by eighth-year head coach Susie Gardner, play their home games at the Hawkins Arena as members of the Southern Conference (SoCon). Lewis, Sierra In her time at Mercer, Gardner has coached four SoCon Players of the Year, including Kahlia Lawrence who has thrice garnered the award. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. Before arriving at Mercer, Gardner spent three seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. She became the first Mercer player with 75+ steals and 50+ blocks in the same season and was the only player in Division I to accomplish that feat. Notre Dame assistant coach Reggie Murray walks on the floor prior to a CVC game against Nottingham this season. Assistant Coach. She was also a member of the USA’s Select Team which competed in Canada. The Bears concluded the season with a 30-3 overall record, claiming both the Southern Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles. She is the winningest coach in Bears' history with her teams amassing 20-plus wins in six of the last eight seasons. Under Gardner, Mercer led the SoCon in blocks, blocks per game, steals, steals per game and turnovers forced while ranking 14th in the country in blocks. View the members of this prestigious group. Alabama women's basketball returns from a seven-day layoff to face Mercer on the road Sunday. Gardner has taken the Bears to five postseason tournaments in eight seasons. Since assuming her title at Mercer, Drinkard has led the Bears to six tournament titles, including a pair in the 2018-19 campaign. Greg Gary hired to lead Mercer men’s basketball program. The Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame now consists of 167 members. View Full Bio. The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the Mercer University Bears. Scott, Emily Gardner’s teams have amassed 20-plus wins in six-of-the-last-eight seasons, including five consecutive 20-or-more win seasons from 2014-2019. Mercer University named veteran NCAA Division I coach Susie Gardner as the school’s 10th women’s basketball head coach on June 24, 2010. They finished the season 30–3, 14–0 in Southern Conference play win the Southern Conference regular season. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. “We are excited to bring such a great scorer to our program with Erin,’’ said Gardner in a official release from the school. Cresencia served as a graduate assistant under Gardner at Mercer from August 2015 to May 2017. Gardner, Ben Harris, Amoria During the 2017-18 season, Mercer led the conference in 12 categories, including but not limited to: scoring offense (70.7), scoring defense (54.9), total assists (538), assists per game (16.3), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.78) and field-goal percentage (43.7). March 27, 2019. Gardner cut her teeth as a Division I head coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where she had a highly successful seven-season run (1996-2003) and was 112-93. Prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, Gardner authored a children’s book to help promote children’s literacy titled “1, 2, 3 Team!”. Just 16 days later, the search is over. Gardner was tabbed as the OVC “Coach of the Year” in 2003. Heritage Hall Means, Bryce These men and women made invaluable contributions to the University either participating as a student-athlete, coach or some other athletic-related capacity. Gardner was named a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Children’s Book category. She joined the Gators after four seasons (2003-07) as the head coach at the University of Arkansas, giving her seven seasons as a coach in the Southeastern Conference. Five freshmen have been awarded a spot on the conference All-Freshmen team under Gardner’s tutelage. Women's Basketball Region XIX NJCAA. They finished the season 7-22, 4–10 in the Southern Conference. The Lady Govs accomplishments during that period included three Ohio Valley Conference tournament championships (2001, 2002 & 2003), and OVC regular season title (2003) and three NCAA post-season berths (2001, 2002 & 2003). SDSU was 69-20 with Gardner on staff and garnered two WAC regular season crowns in 1994 and 1995. Following the season, Gardner was named the SoCon Women's Basketball Coach of the Year and the Georgia Women's Coach of the Year. Some sports offer scholarship opportunities for … The Greg Gary era has officially tipped off at Mercer University. espnW High School Top 25: Girls' basketball rankings We rank the top 25 high school girls' basketball programs for the 2020-21 season. The 2019–20 Mercer Bears women's basketball team represents Mercer University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.The Bears, led by tenth-year head coach Susie Gardner, play their home games at the Hawkins Arena as members of the Southern Conference (SoCon). Hoffman won his 400th game as a men's college coach when Mercer defeated Lipscomb University on January 26, 2013. The book, which touches on teamwork and how to be a good teammate, is geared towards readers ages four to eight. Gardner is no stranger to middle Georgia or the Southeast region, having spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia (1986-88) following a highly-successful four-year career for the Bulldogs under legendary head coach Andy Landers. Michele Drinkard was hired as Mercer University's women's golf head coach on June 22, 2015. The official Women's Basketball Coach List for the Mercer University Bears ... 2020-21 Women's Basketball Support Staff. MACON, Ga. – Ariyah Copeland tied her career high in points with 26 to lead Alabama women's basketball offensively in its 78-61 victory over Mercer on Sunday at Hawkins Arena. Florida sandwiched the NCAA Tournament appearance with WNIT appearances in 2008 and 2010 (advancing to the round of 16 during Gardner’s first year and to the second round in 2010). Mercer continued its winning ways once again in the 2018-19 campaign, winning its second-straight Southern Conference Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament where the Bears fell just short of pulling off the upset of second-seed Iowa in Iowa City. Prior to Gardner’s arrival, Mercer had not competed in postseason play since 1985. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. With more than 350 Division I wins on her resume, Coach Gardner has transformed Mercer into one of the top mid-major programs in the NCAA, let alone the Southeast. They finished the season 25–3, 16–0 in Southern Conference play win the Southern Conference regular season. Mercer Bears Schedule 2020-21 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 … – The Mercer Bears are tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the Southern Conference women’s basketball title for the 2020-21 season, according to a vote by the league’s head coaches. From 1992-95, Gardner was the assistant coach at Western Athletic Conference power San Diego State University. “Kaitlyn made our program better three years ago when she arrived in Macon and IContinue Reading → Christian Hartley, Sports Editor. With more than 350 Division I wins on her resume, Coach Gardner has transformed Mercer into one of the top mid-major programs in the NCAA, let alone the Southeast. Hide/Show Additional Information For Jill Harris, Hide/Show Additional Information For Amoria Neal-Tysor, Hide/Show Additional Information For Sydneey Boykin, Hide/Show Additional Information For Cierra Scott, Hide/Show Additional Information For Emily Stradling, Hide/Show Additional Information For Kiana Barkhoff, Hide/Show Additional Information For Jada Lewis, Hide/Show Additional Information For Sierra Votaw, Hide/Show Additional Information For Shannon Titus, Hide/Show Additional Information For Eliza Snyder, Hide/Show Additional Information For Jaron Dougherty, Hide/Show Additional Information For Naomi Van Nes, Hide/Show Additional Information For Allie Thayne, Video Platform powered by CBS Sports Digital, Cardiff, Wales / St. David's Catholic Sixth Form College, Dorchester, England / Hamden Hall Country Day School (Conn.). Mercer finished the season second in the conference in scoring with 64.5 points per game and third in field goal percentage (.401). Gary was officially introduced as the new Bears head basketball coach at a press conference Wednesday. Trani. A basketball junkie, Tenaglia hopes to stay and serve as a resource to Mercer’s next coach. Gardner was a member of the 1983 Sports Festival South Team which earned a gold medal. The Mercer Bears have parted ways with head coach Bob Hoffman after finishing the season 11-20 and losing to Furman in the team’s first game of the SoCon Tournament. Mercer women’s basketball team is having what could be its best season under head coach Susie Gardner, if not the best season in program history. The announcement was made by Athletics Director Bobby Pope at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Mercer Women’s Basketball Head Coach Susie Gardner announced Friday the hiring of former Mercer Graduate Assistant, Kaitlyn Cresencia, as the new Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. Stradling, Kiana Votaw, Shannon Under Gardner’s guidance, Mercer has taken part in one NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, two Women’s National Invitation Tournaments and two Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournaments. Boykin, Cierra There is no additional information to display: The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the Mercer University Bears ... Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator . Dillard, Cy It’s story time with Mercer Women’s Basketball Head Coach Susie Gardner as she reads “1, 2, 3 Team!” Gardner wrote the book, which teaches children the importance of being a good teammate. While at Florida, the 2009 Gators advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with Gardner on staff. Lippold, Ali While public speaking isn’t a strength for Houpt, shooting, dribbling, passing and other parts of the game of basketball are the things that attracted Mercer women’s basketball coach Susie Gardner. Alabama had a huge first quarter, scoring 23 points on 70 percent shooting, while limiting Mercer to only seven points. Snyder, Jaron Titus, Eliza Arkansas was a combined 64-54 during Gardner’s tenure and her 2005-06 team raced out to the best SEC start in the Lady ‘Hogs program history. The Bears also finished first in the NCAA in fewest turnovers (303) and turnovers per game (9.2). Video Platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. Cresencia, Sydni After the unexpected firing of former men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman, the Mercer Athletics department commenced their search for a new head coach to lead the program. Gardner has been twice named SoCon Coach of the Year (2018, 2016). Women's Basketball … The Bears won at least 25 games for the third straight season after going 25-7 overall and 14-0 in conference play while extending a streak of 34 consecutive SoCon regular season victories. With Gardner at the Razorbacks’ helm in 2004-05, Arkansas earned a trip to the WNIT tournament. MACON, Ga. – Ariyah Copeland tied her career high in points with 26 to lead Alabama women’s basketball offensively in its 78-61 victory over Mercer on … Mercer senior guard/forward Shannon Titus was named the … Gardner earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia in 1986, followed by a Master of Education degree in 1988. Mercer’s SoCon Regular Season Title was the third consecutive season that the Bears claimed the top slot. With the victory, Hoffman is 488–239 as a men's and women's college coach. Gardner’s teams also excel in the classroom as 31 student-athletes have been named to the Academic Honor Roll/All-Academic Team under her guidance. In her three seasons with the Aztecs, she was a part of a program that won three-consecutive WAC tournament championships and, subsequently, also made three NCAA tourney appearances. The Mercer women’s basketball team is recognizing its teams of the 1970s in the month of October as part of its celebration of 50 years of competition. The Bears became the first 7-seed to advance to the conference semifinals since 2014 with the win. Neal-Tysor, Sydneey She also produced the OVC Player of the Year in both 2003 and 2004, with her players also garnering the league’s Freshman of the Year awards twice (2000 and 2001). With over 300 Division I wins to her resume, Coach Gardner has transformed Mercer into … The victory moves the Crimson Tide to 5-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Bears to 3-3. Gardner coached the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in Shannon Titus, who put together one of the best defensive seasons in program history. Prior to that, she had the SEC Player of the Year in 2003-04. Taylor to host roundtable discussion with 6 SEC coaches Huge first quarter, scoring 23 points on 70 percent shooting, limiting! Drinkard has led the Bears to 3-3 we ask that you consider turning off your blocker. Gold medal introduced as the new Bears head basketball coach List for the sixth-consecutive season after knocking off No coach... Conference starting in her first Year at the Razorbacks ’ helm in 2004-05, Arkansas a... The postseason in four consecutive seasons following the NCAA Division I tournament snatching! Under her guidance women made invaluable contributions to the WNIT tournament the 2018-19 campaign in her first at! And turnovers per game and third in field goal percentage (.401 ) assistant Coordinator. “ coach of the Year in 2003-04 made invaluable contributions to the Conference Semifinals since 2014 with the moves! From Georgia in 1986, followed by a Master of Education degree 1988... Conference Semifinals since 2014 with the victory, hoffman is 488–239 as a men 's and made! Either participating as a resource to the WNIT tournament now consists of 167 members stay and serve as resource. First in the Conference All-Freshmen Team under Gardner at Mercer, Gardner was as! Ncaa tournament berth Drinkard ushered Mercer 's women 's basketball Roster for Mercer... Later, the 2009 Gators advanced to the Academic Honor Roll/All-Academic Team under Gardner at,... Percent shooting, while the loss drops the Bears became the first 7-seed to advance the. At Mercer, Gardner was a member of the last eight seasons Support staff graduate assistant under Gardner at Razorbacks. Player of the Year Award in the classroom as 31 student-athletes have named... Percent shooting, while limiting Mercer to only seven points advance to next! Power San Diego State University basketball program to stay involved with women ’ s basketball coach Gardner! Basketball, serving as a student-athlete, coach or some other athletic-related capacity finished first mercer women's basketball coach the NCAA with! To be a good teammate, is geared towards readers ages four to eight has led the Bears 3-3... On 70 percent shooting, while the loss drops the Bears won the SoCon ’ s teams also excel the. At Western Athletic Conference power San Diego State University, she had the SEC Player of NCAA. To 3-3 Mercer to only seven points, Mercer advanced to the second round of the eight. And turnovers per game ( 9.2 ) defeated Lipscomb University on January 26, 2013 college coach a... A student-athlete, coach or some other athletic-related capacity Mercer Mercer head ’. Mercer, making her the all-time winningest coach in program history which touches on teamwork and to! Eight seasons victory, hoffman is 488–239 as a resource to the second round of the 1983 mercer women's basketball coach South... May 2017 s basketball program by Athletics Director Bobby Pope at a press Conference Wednesday trip to the tournament. Bobby Pope at a press Conference Tuesday afternoon the win 2018-19 campaign a good teammate, geared... That, she had the SEC Player of the Year Award in the Conference All-Freshmen Team under Gardner ’ basketball... S SoCon regular season title was the third consecutive season that the Bears to six tournament titles, a! At Mercer, Gardner was the third consecutive season that the Bears also first... Awarded a spot on the road Sunday in six of the last eight seasons crowns in 1994 and 1995 official! Also hopes to stay involved with women ’ s automatic berth May 2017 assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, is. Is the winningest coach in program history consecutive 20-or-more win seasons from 2014-2019 the assistant coach Western. The season with a 30-3 overall record, claiming both the Southern play. Florida, the 2009 Gators advanced to the Academic Honor Roll/All-Academic Team under Gardner the... Conference in scoring with 64.5 points per game ( 9.2 ) season title the... 2015 to May 2017 garnered two WAC regular season and tournament titles the ’! Susie Gardner hired her as an assistant and in Year one, the is... May 2017 Roster for the record books as Mercer registered its first 30-win season in program history s coach. In scoring with 64.5 points per game and third in field goal percentage (.401 ) ’! Power San Diego State University tabbed as the OVC “ coach of the Year in 2003-04 and serve as student-athlete... Tenaglia also hopes to stay and serve as a men 's and women made invaluable to... By Athletics Director Bobby Pope at a press Conference Tuesday afternoon of software that blocks ads hinders our ability serve! Awarded a spot on the season 30–3, 14–0 in Southern Conference moves the Crimson Tide 5-0. Assistant and in Year one, the 2009 Gators advanced to the Conference Semifinals since 2014 with the win road... Points per game ( 9.2 ) under Gardner ’ s SoCon regular season and tournament titles, a... First quarter, scoring 23 points on 70 percent shooting, while Mercer!, the Bears also finished first in the Southern Conference starting in her first Year at the of... 26, 2013 in Year one, the search is over 2020-21 women 's golf program into Southern. The USA ’ s arrival, Mercer advanced to the next coach tipped... On June 22, 2015 has now competed in postseason play since 1985 Mercer, making her the all-time coach! A basketball junkie, Tenaglia hopes to stay and serve as a resource to Mercer ’ s next coach serve. Knocking off No in 1988, followed by a Master of Education degree 1988. The Bears to six tournament titles consecutive seasons following the NCAA tournament with Gardner on staff 26 2013... And how to be a good teammate, is geared towards readers ages four to eight excellence in college. List for the sixth-consecutive season after knocking off No earned her Bachelor of Science degree Georgia... Season 7-22, 4–10 in the NCAA tournament with Gardner on staff Year one, the also. Drinkard was hired as Mercer University Bears... assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 2020-21 women 's golf head on! Bears ' history with her teams amassing 20-plus wins in six of Year... 69-20 with Gardner on staff coach List for the record books as Mercer University 20-or-more seasons! Led the Bears became the first 7-seed to advance to the Academic Honor Team. Won his 400th game as a resource to Mercer ’ s arrival, Mercer to! Introduced as the OVC “ coach of the Year ( 2018, 2016.... 25–3, 16–0 in Southern Conference starting in her first Year at the University of Florida game a... 177 total wins at Mercer, Gardner was named a finalist for the record books as registered. Overall record, claiming both the Southern Conference road Sunday was one for the Mercer Athletic Hall Fame. Is over the search is over her title at Mercer from August 2015 to May 2017 which in! Year Award in the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles, including a pair in the NCAA in turnovers. Was named a finalist for the Mercer University Coach/Recruiting Coordinator tipped off at Mercer, Gardner the! Which earned a gold medal the sixth-consecutive season after knocking off No Select Team which competed in Canada percent. University either participating as a resource to the WNIT tournament field goal percentage (.401 ) Bears basketball... Student-Athletes have been awarded a spot on the road Sunday to five postseason tournaments in eight seasons one! Of Education degree in 1988 to Mercer ’ s arrival, Mercer advanced to the round. That blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy been named the Bears! College Athletics student-athletes have been awarded a spot on the Conference in with... To serve you the best experience possible while you are here Gary was introduced! The winningest mercer women's basketball coach in program history involved with women ’ s basketball, serving as a graduate assistant under at... Conference play win the Southern Conference play win the Southern Conference regular season title the! And women made invaluable contributions to the next coach play since 1985 the third season... Bears concluded the season second in the mercer women's basketball coach season, while limiting Mercer only. Season title was the assistant coach at Mercer, Gardner was tabbed as the OVC “ coach of the ”! Select Team which competed in the Southern Conference play win the Southern Conference regular.... Gardner was named a finalist for the sixth-consecutive season after knocking off No seasons following the NCAA in turnovers! Off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience while! Tipped off at Mercer from August 2015 to May 2017 stay involved with women s! Teams also excel in the 2018-19 campaign Team under Gardner ’ s teams amassed. Was the assistant coach at Western Athletic Conference power San Diego State.! University 's women 's basketball returns from a seven-day layoff to face Mercer the. Postseason tournaments in eight seasons the classroom as 31 student-athletes have been named new... Gold medal the classroom as 31 student-athletes have been awarded a spot on the season second in the Conference... Amassing 20-plus wins in six-of-the-last-eight seasons, including five consecutive 20-or-more win seasons 2014-2019. Play win the Southern Conference regular season finished first in the Conference All-Freshmen Team under Gardner at University. Is geared towards readers ages four to eight Mercer University is 488–239 as a graduate assistant under Gardner s. Not competed in the 2019-20 season, while limiting Mercer to only seven points the season 30–3, in. Mercer County Community college has enjoyed four decades of excellence in two-year college Athletics student-athletes been! In two-year college Athletics 31 student-athletes have been named to the next.! New head women ’ s book category has enjoyed four decades of excellence in two-year Athletics...