July 9, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced two additions to her women's basketball staff with the hiring of assistant coach Courtney Simmons and director of basketball operations Brian Mackay.
Simmons - who joins Sara Carter and David Caputo to complete the coaching portion of the staff - comes to Ruston after spending the past two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where she served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the Lady Cards.
"The thing about Courtney that is so special is her ability to recruit," Weatherspoon said. "She has done a tremendous job of bringing in great talent everywhere she has been. That is due to the hard work of putting in the time and effort to research and find the right student-athletes. She has a very good understanding of young people, which is good for me as a head coach. She will give a lot of positive feedback to them, on and off the floor.
Simmons main responsibilities for the Lady Techsters will include on-the-floor-coaching with an emphasis on guard development, recruiting, scouting, and heading up the program's community service efforts.
"It's good when you have someone that is excited to be a part of your program. She is excited to be here, and she has brought some great team-building ideas. She will also help us with our community service program. She will be a great help to Sara in developing our guards. She is a bright young lady and an up-and-coming coach."
The Baton Rouge native, who played collegiately at Trinity Valley for one year and Louisville for two years, helped guide the Cardinals to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship title this past season as well as back-to-back appearances in the national title game (TVCC fell in the championship game in 2011).
Simmons was instrumental in signing a pair of nationally ranked recruiting classes during her time at TVCC, including signing the 2012 NJCAA National Player of the Year in Sha'Kayla Caples and a 2012 Kodak All-American in Keuna Flax.
Simmons also spent a two-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2008 through 2010 where she signed the 7th rated junior college player in the country in Danyell Oliver.
As a player, Simmons helped lead TVCC to a 32-3 record in 2005-06, a Region XIV Conference regular season and tournament championships and a sixth place finish in the national tournament after transferring from Tulane.
Upon leaving TVCC, she went on to play two seasons at Louisville, where she received her degree in communications. At Louisville, she played in 30 games, helping the Cardinals to a 26-10 season record and 10-6 Big East mark. Simmons helped Louisville post victories over three ranked teams in her final season - No. 5 Rutgers, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 25 DePaul.
Mackay joins the Techster staff as the director of basketball operations after serving as the coordinator of video services at Ole Miss for the past four seasons.
"What an awesome young man," Weatherspoon said. "It has been an honor to get to know him and have him as part of our staff. He has involved in the game of women's basketball for years. He loves the sport of basketball, but he is so passionate about the women's game. He knows the history of our program and understands our vision."
Mackay's main responsibilities at Louisiana Tech will include supervising all social media aspects of the Lady Techster program including digital media, handling all video components, and overseeing team travel and all the day-to-day administrative duties.
"He knows ways that he can help us promote the program through social media. He can help our players understand the importance of it and how to use it professionally. He is a hard worker and will complete every task he is assigned. He is very well-organized and has a lot of structure. That is what I needed in this position. He will be passionate about his job on a daily basis."
During his time at Ole Miss, Mackay's primary responsibilities included film exchange, video editing and the production of highlight films as well as serving as the liaison between the women's basketball team and Ole Miss alumni, the strength & conditioning department and the academic department. On top of those duties, he was responsible for the Lady Rebel social media platforms.
Mackay served as a student manager for Ole Miss women's basketball from 2004-07 and completed his degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations in 2008. Both of the hirings are pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.