Brittney Ezell became the eighth head coach in the 46-year history of East Tennessee State University women’s basketball on May 8, 2013.
The 2016 season will feature a rigorous non-conference schedule for ETSU including home contests against Vanderbilt, Old Dominion and the University of Tennessee. Ezell has constructed difficult non-conference schedules since being hired in 2013, playing a total of 13 teams from power five conferences.
During the 2015-16 season, Ezell guided the Bucs to their third straight winning season including a perfect 6-0 record at home against non-conference opponents. Ezell and the ETSU women's basketball program captured a signature victory early in the season when the Bucs defeated Old Dominion on the road. ODU is the third winningest program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.
In 2014-15, ETSU experienced an unbelievable turnaround under Ezell with a 16-game win progression from 2013-14 where the Bucs went 9-21. The total win improvement was the second best in the country. The 2014-15 win total of 21 marked the first time since the 2009-10 season that ETSU reached 20 wins. Led by Ezell, the Bucs made it to the Southern Conference Tournament Championship game falling to No.1 seed Chattanooga in overtime, 61-56. ETSU appeared in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) for the third time in school history falling short to NC State, 73-59.
In three years at Belmont, Ezell navigated the Bruins through their final two seasons as member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (2011-2012) and inaugural season in the Ohio Valley Conference (2013).
In 2012-13, Ezell directed Belmont to an 18-14 campaign and the Bruins' first postseason appearance since 2007 - a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). Belmont took on a rigorous non-conference schedule and earned victory at Big Ten fixture Indiana. Belmont went 11-5 in OVC play, tying for second place in the OVC East and earning the conference tournament's No. 3 seed.
In 2011-12, Ezell directed the Bruins to 11 conference victories and a league tournament No. 3 seed in the program's final Atlantic Sun Conference campaign. Senior Haley Nelson ranked among the NCAA leaders in double-doubles, field goal percentage, blocked shots and rebounds en route to First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors.
Ezell took the helm of the Belmont program after spending the previous two seasons as head coach at the University of Montevallo. Inheriting a Falcon program that recorded one winning season in its previous 12 years, Ezell directed Montevallo to a 14-13 record in 2009-10. The Falcons also ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring defense.
Prior to Montevallo, Ezell spent three seasons as head coach at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College (now Northwest Florida State College) in Niceville, Fla. The Lady Raiders went 57-28 under Ezell's watch, which included an appearance in the 2006 NJCAA Regional Tournament. During her tenure, Ezell developed 14 All-Panhandle Conference performers, 12 of whom would go on to sign national letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools. The Lady Raiders also had 12 Academic All-Conference honorees.
Ezell's coaching career began at the University of Alabama, where she spent five years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She was credited with delivering back-to-back Top 15 ranked recruiting classes for the Tide, with four guards developing into All-SEC players.
Ezell was a four-year starting point guard for the Tide, helping lead the team to a 95-34 record and four consecutive NCAA Division I "Sweet Sixteen" appearances from 1995-98. She ranks in the Top 20 in career scoring, with 1,022 points and is second all-time in career assists (620) and games started (114). She was a Second Team All-SEC selection in 1998 and was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 1996. In 1998, Ezell was a candidate for the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the top point guard in the country and was named to the inaugural WBCA/Honda All-Star Game for the nation's top 20 players. She also was invited to the WNBA Rookie Combine in Chicago.
Additionally, Ezell became the first female two-sport athlete at Alabama in over a decade when she joined the Tide softball team. A two-time Golden Glove recipient and two-year starter at third base and shortstop, Ezell started at third base for UA's first SEC Tournament Championship team in 1998.
Ezell earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Alabama in 1999 and a master's degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska in 2005. A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Ezell was a prep standout at Franklin High School. She was a three-time District MVP, tallying over 2,000 points and 600 assists in her career.