Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team and Head Coach Phil Stern announced today the hiring of Heather Macy as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Retrievers' women's basketball program. Macy joins the Retrievers' staff following two successful seasons at High Point University.

"Heather is going to bring immediate impact to our program with her strong coaching background and proven ability to motivate and work well with student-athletes," said Stern. "Her recruiting ability and extensive knowledge of the game will help us as we continue to adapt to playing in a mid-major conference."

Macy most recently held the post of Assistant Coach at High Point University where the Panthers reached the Big South Conference Tournament title game her first season and finished third in the regular season's standings last year. During her two-year tenure Macy coached two all-conference performers and a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to helping lead the Panthers to their best finish since joining the Big South Conference with an 18-12 season in 2002-03.

Prior to her arrival at High Point University, Macy held the position of Assistant Coach at two highly touted Division II programs in the South Atlantic Region. Macy's first stop was at Catawba College where in her one-year stint Catawba went 25-5, earning their first SAC Conference Championship and finished ranked second in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional Rankings. Macy coached four players who went on to sign professional contracts and recruited three players that were selected to the SAC Conference All-Freshman Team.

The next season Macy joined the Lenoir-Rhyne College staff helping the Bears to a No. 10 ranking in the regional poll and defeated three nationally ranked teams en route to a 19-9 record and semifinal appearance in the conference tournament.

Macy is a graduate from Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Exercise Studies and a minor in Business Administration and Economics. She graduated Cum Laude in May 2000 and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Human Performance and Recreation from Southern Mississippi in 2002.

As an athlete, Macy lettered on both the women's basketball and women's tennis teams. She earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and was a three-year Dean's List honoree.

During her days at Greensboro College, Macy began developing her experience with potential recruits, spending two years as an AAU coach for the Greensboro Gaters and North Carolina Emeralds in addition to serving two season as an assistant coach for Team North Carolina Basketball's Junior Olympic team.

This spring, Macy assumed the head-coaching role for USA Athletes International women's basketball team that will be participating in the Collegiate Travel Tour in Australia in late June. Her start date at UMBC will begin effective immediately following the tournament.