Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University women‘s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles announced on Thursday evening that former University of Arkansas standout Amy Wright has joined the Lady Topper staff as an assistant coach. Wright replaces Jamie Britt who left the program after three seasons on the staff to pursue other opportunities outside of the coaching profession.
“Amy brings a great amount of experience to our coaching staff with her knowledge of baskeball, both as a player and as a coach,” said Cowles. “She is going to help with our guard play as well as be very involved in our recruiting process. We are excited to have her on the Hill and as a part of Lady Topper Basketball.”
Following a four-year career at the University of Arkansas (1999-2002), Wright signed a free-agent contract with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock before joining the staff at the University of South Florida for three seasons. After originally hired as the Director of Basketball Operations, Wright was named an assistant coach on the USF staff in January of 2004. The Bulls amassed 54 wins during her three season on the bench, including a 21-win campaign in 2004-05. South Florida also made three trips to the postseason during that stretch, playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in 2004 and ‘05 and earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
Wright left South Florida following the ‘05-06 season and spent last year as an academic assistant in the Texas A&M athletic department, and served as a radio color analyst for Aggie women’s basketball road games.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to come to WKU and work with such a great staff. The expectation level here is high, and I’m excited to get started and help get this program back to the NCAA Tournament,” said Wright. “This is the most tradition-rich program I’ve had the chance to be a part of. Growing up in Indiana, I always had the opportunity to hear about the Lady Topper tradition, and now I have a chance to be a part of it.”
A 2002 graduate of Arkansas, Wright was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Razorback. She is also the only point guard in school history to guide Arkansas to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during her collegiate career, while establishing herself as one of the best point guards in the Southeastern Conference.
She graduated as Arkansas’ all-time leader in assists with 717 (5.5 apg) to go along with a 5.5 points-per-game average. Wright set the school record for assists in a season with 205 during her senior campaign — a season that saw her help the Lady Razorbacks to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She closed out her collegiate career with almost 200 more assists than the former record holder, and had more double-digit assist games than any other player in Arkansas history. She also became the first UA player to record a double-double of 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
An all-SEC selection as a junior (2001-02), Wright never missed a game during her time in Fayetteville, playing in 131 consecutive contests breaking the old mark of 128.
A native of Williamsburg, Ind., and 1998 graduate of Northeastern High School, Wright graduated from Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management. Her efforts in the classroom earned her a SEC All-Academic selection (1999-00). She was also named a University of Arkansas Scholar Athlete at the end of her career for maintaining a 3.0 grade point average.