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University at Buffalo Women's Basketball
University at Buffalo Women's Basketball
 

FELISHA LEGETTE-JACK | HEAD COACH

Felisha Legette-Jack was named the 12th head coach in UB women's basketball history on June 14, 2012. Entering her fourth season at the helm of the Bulls in 2015-16, Legette-Jack led UB to its first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons. UB posted 17 wins in 2013-14 and 19 in 2014-15.

In 2014-15, Legette-Jack's Bulls made program history receiving an invitation to the Women's National Invitation Tournament – UB's second postseason tournament appearance in program history. UB's 19-win season, matching the most victories in a season since 1996-97, ended in the WNIT First Round against eventual WNIT runner-up, West Virginia.

For the second straight season, the Bulls locked in the four seed to the Mid-American Conference Tournament, their highest in program history. UB then clinched its second-ever trip to the MAC semifinals with a 63-60 victory over fifth-seeded Western Michigan. The Bulls bowed out to eventual champion, Ohio, 63-55, in the semifinals. Legette-Jack coached Christa Baccas to MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Mackenzie Loesing to Sixth Player of the Year, while Kristen Sharkey joined them in garnering All-MAC honors.

UB saw major improvements in Legette-Jack's second season. The Bulls increased their 2012-13 win output by five, culminating with the team's highest-ever seed for the MAC tournament at number four overall.

The offense saw a boost in scoring production, improving from 61.2 points to 68.5 points per game, the highest scoring average by a team since 2000-01. Three Bulls were honored by the MAC on postseason teams. Loesing was named to the second team, Sharkey earned third-team honors and Alexus Malone secured the all-freshman team recognition.

In her first season patrolling the sidelines of Alumni Arena, UB went 8-8 in the MAC and advanced to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. Loesing made the all-freshman team and was joined by Baccas in earning All-MAC Honorable Mention.

A New York native with 13 years of Division I head coaching experience, Legette-Jack spent six years as head coach at Indiana University before coming to Buffalo. She led the Hoosiers to three postseason appearances, winning 18 or more games in each of those years. In 2008-09, Indiana won a program record-tying 21 games. While in Bloomington, Legette-Jack knew how to get the most out of her players, both on the court and in the classroom, as evident by her 21 Academic All-Big Ten selections in six seasons. On the basketball floor, the Hoosiers won five games over nationally-ranked opponents, including a victory over fourth-ranked Ohio State in 2010.

Prior to taking the reins at Indiana, Legette-Jack led Hofstra University to unprecedented levels of success. She guided Hofstra to one of its best seasons in school history in 2005-06. The Pride's 19 victories stood as the second-most in school history, and the 12 league triumphs tied a school record. In addition to the team success, Hofstra ranked among the CAA's top three in scoring offense (69.5 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.379), rebounding offense (43.0), rebounding margin (+3.9), assists (16.0), steals (11.03), offensive rebounds (16.73), defensive rebounds (26.27) and three-point field goals per game (5.37).

Legette-Jack arrived at Hofstra after two years as an assistant to Joanne P. McCallie at Michigan State. Legette-Jack served as the Spartans' recruiting coordinator, supervised the team's academic progress and preseason and postseason conditioning programs and helped sign the nation's 14th-best recruiting class in 2001-02. Legette-Jack helped orchestrate one of the nation's top turnarounds from 2000-01 to 2001-02. In 2000-01, MSU was 10-18 overall, but the Spartans responded by posting a 19-13 record in 2001-02, capped by a WNIT semifinal appearance. The 19 wins included three victories over nationally-ranked opponents. She recruited the nucleus of the Spartans' 2005 national finalist club.

Outside of the college ranks, Legette-Jack has also had success with USA Basketball, serving on two different coaching staffs where the United States won gold medals. In 2005, she helped coach the Americans to gold at the U19 World Championships and in the summer of 2003, Legette-Jack served as an assistant when Team USA won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Sibenik, Croatia. That team featured the top two players in the 2004 WNBA Draft.

Legette-Jack worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater, Syracuse University, from 1993-2000. In addition to handling team travel, tape exchange and overseeing the conditioning program, Legette-Jack recruited two Gatorade Players of the Year to the Orange. Syracuse also boasted a 100-percent graduation rate during her tenure.

A 1989 Syracuse graduate with a double major in child and family studies and psychology, Legette-Jack scored 1,526 points and grabbed 927 rebounds. Legette-Jack graduated as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in program history, and now ranks fifth and third. She won 1985 Big East Rookie of the Year honors and earned all-league laurels three times in her career. An inductee into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame, the Syracuse Urban League Hall of Fame and the Syracuse University Orange Plus Hall of Fame, Legette-Jack was one of 15 players named to the Big East Conference Silver Anniversary Team in 2004.

After graduation from Syracuse, Legette-Jack became head girl's basketball coach at Westhill High School in Syracuse. She posted a 26-13 ledger in two seasons there, and five of her players earned Division I scholarships. Legette-Jack then spent two years as an assistant coach at Boston College, where the Golden Eagles recorded a 100-percent graduation rate during her tenure.

Born Sept. 4, 1966, in Syracuse, Legette-Jack and her husband, David, have a 16-year-old son, David Maceo.