FMU's Macy heading to East Carolina

From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University women's basketball head coach Heather Macy announced her resignation on Friday in order to take the head coaching position at East Carolina University.

Macy was introduced as the Lady Pirates' new coach at a Friday afternoon press conference.

Macy recently completed her third season at Francis Marion.  She guided the Patriots to a 27-5 record, a No. 20 national ranking, and the squad's third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, where FMU advanced to the round of 32.

She directed Francis Marion to back-to-back Peach Belt Conference regular-season titles in 2008 and 2009 and earned conference "Coach of the Year" honors both years.  She posted a 75-19 mark in three seasons at FMU and her career coaching record, including two seasons at Pfeiffer University, is 115-39.

"Francis Marion University is an incredibly special place filled with great people," Macy said prior to leaving FMU for Friday's press conference.  "The players committed themselves to our program and they deserve all the credit for the success.  I want to thank (FMU President) Dr. Carter and Murray Hartzler (FMU athletic director) and all the players that have worn the red, white, and blue, without whom none of this would have been possible.

"I also want to thank the Florence community for all their support over the past three years, and I want to assure them that the core of next year's team structure is solid and they should continue to work toward what has always been our ultimate goal."

FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler said that a search for Macy's successor will begin immediately.  "We are excited for Heather.  This is an offer that she could not pass up.  We are grateful for her work reviving the program over the past three years and putting Francis Marion women's basketball back on the national map.  We wish her all the best at her new position.

"At the same time, we will return a strong group of women's basketball players next year, and we will search for a candidate that will continue to guide our program toward national prominence.  Our program has a rich history and we will look for a coach that can carry on that tradition."

The Francis Marion program has an all-time record of 750-354 in 37 seasons. The Patriots have captured two national championships, the 1982 AIAW Division II title and the 1986 NAIA title, and also advanced to the 1998 NCAA Division II Final Four. The program made five straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances between 1997 and 2001, before making three consecutive trips to the Big Dance in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

In her first year (2007-08), she guided Francis Marion to a 21-9 record and was named the Peach Belt's Coach of the Year.  The Patriots captured a share of the PBC regular-season title and earned a bid to the Division II national tournament, where the program served as the host for the South Atlantic Regional.  FMU led the nation in scoring offense (89.3 ppg) and steals per game (18.5 per game).

Her second year (2008-09), she directed the Patriots to a 27-5 record, a No. 14 national ranking, a second-straight Peach Belt regular-season championship, and a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance where the team advanced to the round of Sweet Sixteen. Also for the second year in a row, FMU led Division II in scoring offense (88.1 ppg) and steals per game (19.4).  She also earned conference Coach of the Year honors for a third straight season (twice in the Peach Belt Conference).

Macy was the 10th head coach in the storied history of the Francis Marion program.

Macy also instituted her highly-successful Focused 50 Basketball Camp at FMU.