MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State head women's basketball coach Brady Sallee has announced the hiring of three new assistant coaches to his staff; Ashleen Bracey, Rachel Galligan and Ryan Patterson. He will also retain Audrey Spencer as the director of operations for the 2012-13 season.
"I am very excited to put this staff together," commented Sallee. "I believe they will provide our players with everything they could ask for both on and off the court. I sought out in search of a staff that would cover all of our bases. First on my list was loyalty. Ashleen, Rachel, Ryan and Audrey are excited to be here and be a part of the Ball State community. All of their personalities fit well together and there already seems to be a real chemistry in our office."
Bracey comes to Ball State after spending the 2011-12 season as the graduate assistant at the University of Missouri, and was also an assistant coach for Eureka College in 2011. A four-year letterwinner at Illinois State (2007-10) she helped the Redbirds to three 20-win seasons and three Missouri Valley Conference championships which included an NCAA berth in 2008 and two final four appearances in the post season WNIT in 2009 and 2010. After her playing time at Illinois State, Bracey played professional basketball in Athens, Greece in the fall of 2010.
Galligan has spent the last two seasons as the assistant coach at her alma mater Eastern Illinois University, where she was a student-athlete from 2005-09 under the tutelage of Sallee. She was a highly decorated player for the Panthers, finishing her career as the all-time leading scorer (1,891 points), all-time single season scoring leader (582 pts.) and all-time shot blocker (185). She was a top 10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, Women's Basketball Coaches Association Region Four All-American, Three-Time Ohio Valley All-Conference recipient, Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and a two-time OVC All-Tournament Team honoree. Galligan also participated on the EIU's track and field team, winning the 2007 OVC championship in the javelin. After graduation, Galligan spent a season playing professional basketball in Huelva, Spain in the fall of 2009.
Patterson, a familiar face to the Mid-American Conference, comes to Ball State after spending the 2011-12 season at Kent State University as an assistant coach. Before joining the Golden Flashes staff, he was the associate head coach at the University of Findlay from 2004-11. Patterson also had coaching stints at West Liberty State College (2002-04) where he served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball programs. He began his coaching career at Kent State in 2000 where he helped the Golden Flashes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2001 & 2002) which included advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2002 along with a No. 12 national ranking. Patterson earned his bachelors at Malone College in 1999 and a master degree from Kent State in 2002.
Spencer has been retained for her third season as the director of basketball operations for the women's basketball program. She was a guard for Ball State from 2006-10 and helped the Cardinals to the most successful season in school history in 2008-09 when Ball State won the MAC Championship, the MAC Tournament title and earned the school's first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. Spencer ended her career eighth on the school's all-time scoring list (1,353), while ranking first in three pointers made (323), first in games started (126), minutes played (4,180), three point field goals attempted (799), games played (127) and most three pointers made in a game (nine).