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Brady Sallee Named Head Women's Basketball Coach

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
         
Release: May 10, 2012
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Brady Sallee, who has served as the head women's basketball coach at Eastern Illinois for the past eight seasons, has been named the 11th head women's basketball coach in Ball State history, according to Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Brady and his family to the Ball State family and Muncie community," Scholl says.  "The search process was thorough and there were a number of outstanding candidates.  Coach Sallee is the best fit for our program at this time and we are ready for him to get started as the coach of the Cardinals." 

Ball State will hold a press conference Friday, at 10 a.m. to formally introduce Coach Sallee and his family.  The press conference will be held at the Worthen Arena Lounge, which is located through the doors of Gate 1.  Parking is available in the Worthen Arena Parking Lot.  The press conference will air live on www.ballstatesports.com

Sallee replaces Kelly Packard, who announced her resignation from Ball State in March.  He has posted a 136-109 career coaching record.

During his tenure at Eastern Illinois, Sallee led the Panthers to the institution's first ever Ohio Valley Conference title during the 2009-10 campaign.  In 2011-12, Eastern Illinois was 22-9 overall, posted a 13-3 OVC mark and competed in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Over the last five seasons he has guided the Panthers to 106 victories, which is the most in the school's history by an EIU women's basketball team over a five-year span.

Sallee guided Eastern Illinois to back-to-back 20 win seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10.  His team won 24 games in 2008-09, which marked the first time a women's basketball team from EIU had accomplished that feat since 1987-88.  He also coached the Panthers to three Women's National Invitational Tournament appearances from 2010-12.

Throughout his eight seasons at Eastern Illinois, he has coached 17 all-conference selections which included three OVC Freshman of the Year honorees, along with the two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

His work on the court has not gone unnoticed in the record books for the Panthers.  Under his tutelage the women's basketball program set a school record for free throws made in a season (595, 2009-10) and made three pointers (180, 2008-09) while also scoring 2,736 points as a team in 2009-10 which was the third most in school history.

Academically his student-athletes excel in the classroom, as they have earned four consecutive OVC Academic Achievement Awards along with posting the highest percentage of players on the Commissioner's Honor Roll from 2007-10.  His teams have ranked nationally among women's basketball programs with high grade-point averages earning the seventh-best team GPA in 2007-08 with a 3.475.  The Panthers also ranked ninth in 2008-09 and tenth in 2006-07. 

Before his tenure at Eastern Illinois he was the top assistant at East Carolina in 2002-03.  From 1996-2002 he helped Kent State, a fellow member of the Mid-American Conference, to five regular-season MAC Championships and three tournament titles.  The Golden Flashes participated in the NCAA Tournament four of his seven years while posting a combined record of 155-56.  He also was an assistant coach at Idaho State in 1994-95.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Sallee played collegiate baseball at Thomas More College from 1990-93. While at Thomas More, he served as a student assistant with the women's basketball team. Sallee earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1993.

Sallee and his wife Mandy have three children; Avery, Taryn and Drew.

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