"THE CONVERSATION" Episode #8 With Heather Macy, Women's Basketball Coach, Spartanburg Methodist College,

February 12, 2020

Heather Macy, Women’s Basketball Coach, Speaker, Influencer

Heather Macy recently accepted the position of head women’s basketball coach for Spartanburg Methodist College. “I am thrilled to welcome Heather as the next head women’s basketball coach at SMC,” said SMC athletic director Megan Aiello. “With her experience and success as a NCAA Division I coach, she is the perfect person to move the program forward.”

Heather Macy is the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball is the definition of passion and focus. Not only a coach, but an author, motivator, and leader. Heather prides herself in helping others reach their goals. Her philosophy of impacting and influencing is based upon building confidence, instilling discipline and keeping the intent based upon, YOU winning.

Macy owns a career record of 248-155 including a 134-117 overall mark during her tenure at ECU. During the 2014-15 campaign, she became the first coach in program history to lead the Pirates to 20 or more wins in three-straight seasons. That year finished with a 22-11 overall record and a third Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearance.

Macy previously led Francis Marion University to a 27-5 ledger during the 2009-10 season as the squad finished second in the East Division of the Peach Belt Conference. The Patriots then reached the championship game of the league tournament. FMU subsequently earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the second round. Additionally, Francis Marion led the nation in steals per game and ranked second in both scoring offense and assists while earning a No. 20 national ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 poll.

The Hamptonville, N.C., native arrived at Francis Marion after serving two seasons as head coach at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. In 2006-07, she took the Falcons to a 26-5 record, the Carolina-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) regular-season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The team’s record represented the fourth-best turnaround in Division II that campaign. She was named the CVAC Coach-of-the-Year and Pfeiffer led the nation in scoring offense. In her first season with the Falcons, her squad produced a 14-15 ledger after she inherited just four returnees from an 8-20 team.

Macy’s coaching resume includes stints as an assistant coach at UMBC and High Point University, as well as a pair of Division II schools, Lenoir-Rhyne College and Catawba College. In her five seasons as an assistant, she helped her teams to an 84-60 record.

Macy was the lone women’s basketball head coach invited to speak at the NIKE Championship Basketball Clinic in Las Vegas, Nev., in May 2015. The Las Vegas clinic is widely regarded as the largest college basketball clinic in the world. She spoke at the same clinics in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas in 2011, while being chosen as a featured speaker at the 2008 South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association clinic in North Charleston, the 2009 Triad Coaches Clinic in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the NIKE Coaching Clinics in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Cleveland, Ohio and Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Additionally, Macy is the director of the annual East Carolina women’s basketball camps.

Macy is a highly requested speaker at civic organizations, hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations, plus in private industry. During these presentations, topics like teamwork, accountability, and discipline to achieve success are explored.

Macy attended the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) which was held in Manhattan, N.Y. She was one of 32 WBCA head coaches to participate in the invitation-only elite leadership program hosted by Columbia University.

Macy received a B.S. degree in sport and exercise studies (cum laude) from Greensboro College in 2000, where she was a four-year letter winner for the women’s basketball team. She ended her career 11th on the Pride’s career scoring list and in the top 10 for assists. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in human performance and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi. Macy has been inducted into both the Starmount High School and Greensboro College Hall of Fames.

One of only 300 coaches in the country Macy received a Certification in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in 2016. She currently travels speaking to teams and organizations on how to use EQ to become an elite performer.

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