Brittany Ezell

Brittney Ezell

Now recruiting: soft skills and character

You might think you know the set abilities that I look for in a potential student-athlete recruit or employee, but you’d be surprised to hear the truth. Believe it or not, soft skills and character matter now more than ever—at every level of business, and especially in sport. During my talk, you will find an “ah ha” moment that makes you think again about what is really important in the workplace, and how we are all are part of a team.
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.

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 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.