AMHERST, N.Y. - Felisha Legette-Jack has been hired as the new head coach of the University at Buffalo women's basketball team.
New UB athletic director Danny White introduced Legette-Jack at a press conference on Thursday morning at Alumni Arena. It's his first major coaching hire since taking over at UB. "What resonated with me is her passion, her energy. I bought in, she's a coach I'd want to play for personally," said White.
Legette-Jack, a New York native, who spent the past six seasons coaching at Indiana, is excited about the opportunity at UB. "This is a diamond in the rough, this is the best kept secret. You guys have kept this secret long enough, it's time for us to let people know that Buffalo is unbelievable and it's time for us to run with the Bulls."
Under Legette-Jack the Hoosiers made it to the WNIT in her first three seasons at the helm, but have failed to make to the postseason since, going 6-24 this past season. She was fired by Indiana in March, finishing with a career record of 87-113.
The Bulls new head coach said she got away from her defensive philosophy in her final years at Indiana. A foundation she plans to return to in Buffalo. "We're going to be about defense, we're going to defend what we think is rightfully ours. We're going to make defense our mantra, we're going to make defense something that we can hold onto," said Legette-Jack. "We can't always score that bucket, everybody can't be perfect one-for-one, we can always play defense."
In addition to Indiana, the latest leader of the Bulls comes to Buffalo with an impressive coaching resume and career in women's college basketball. Legette-Jack was the head coach at Hofstra from 2002-2006 and an assistant coach at Michigan State, Boston College and her alma mater Syracuse.
As a player at Syracuse she became the school's second all-time leading scorer, and leading rebounder during her playing career from 1985-1989.
She plans to use her ties to New York State to help rebuild the Bulls program. "I know that we can reach out and get kids from all over the world, but I think it's important that we start here in what I consider the mecca of the world, the state of New York. I think there's such talent here," said Legette-Jack. "If we can keep these young ladies home and come here to UB, I think we have a chance to be very successful."
Legette-Jack replaces former Bulls head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald who was let go on May 30th. The Bulls went 75-137 in the seven years Hill-MacDonald was in charge, including a 35-77 record in conference play.