Mittie Announces Changes To Coaching Staff

Ebony Gilliam

Ebony Gilliam

July 17, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced Tuesday that Ebony Gilliam has been promoted to assistant coach.

Additionally, Jayci Stone will take over as director of operations after serving this past season as the program’s video coordinator, while associate head coach Brian Ostermann will assume recruiting coordinator duties for the Frogs. 

“I am extremely pleased that we were able to promote both Ebony and Jayci,” said Mittie. “They both have a great understanding of our program having served on our staff the last couple of years and should ease seamlessly right into their new roles.”

Gilliam, a former four-year letterwinner for the TCU women's basketball team, was added to the Horned Frog staff as Director of Operations on July 21, 2010.

Prior to coming back to TCU, Gilliam spent four years as a high school teacher and head coach in the Fort Worth area, including two seasons at area power Dunbar High School. She led the Wildcats to a 57-14 overall record in her tenure with a pair of District 7-4A championships and state playoff appearances. Gilliam was named district coach of the year, while leading the squad to a perfect 18-0 record in 7-4A play. Prior to her stint at Dunbar, she spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Trimble Tech High School.

A product of Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Gilliam, formerly Ebony Shaw, experienced one of the most successful playing careers in TCU history from 2000 through 2004. She ranks tied at No. 2 in school history with 130 career games played and is eighth in starts with 87. She scored 1,156 points and at the time finished her career ranked No. 6 on the Frogs' all-time scoring list. Overall, she ranked among the top-10 players for 13 major career statistical categories by the time she stepped off the TCU court.

Following her stint in Fort Worth, Gilliam played one year of professional basketball for Keflavik, Iceland. During her professional career, Gilliam helped her team capture the National Icelandic Cup Championship, while averaging 23 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and three steals a contest.

Perhaps more impressive than Gilliam's individual accomplishments was her help in ushering in the current era of unprecedented success experienced by the TCU program. Her four seasons on campus coincided with the team's first four NCAA Tournament appearances. The Frogs advanced to the second round each trip to the Big Dance. In addition to the postseason appearances, Gilliam also helped TCU claim its first four conference titles in 2001 (WAC regular season and tournament), 2002 (Conference USA regular season) and 2003 (Conference USA tournament).

Gilliam received her bachelor's in business administration from TCU in 2004 and her master's in education administration in 2005. She is married to Richard Gilliam III.

Stone arrived at TCU last fall following coaching stops at Hutchinson Community College, Frank Phillips College and the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

During her stay at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Stone guided the Dragons to a 59-7 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking. HCC also claimed the 2010-11 Jayhawk West Conference Championship.

A 2008 graduate of Kansas State with a bachelor's in social sciences, Stone previously worked as an assistant coach at Frank Phillips College following one-year as a student assistant for the Seawolves.

The Goodland, Kan., native, began her playing career at Colby Community College where she earned All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI honors after averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 2005.

Following a brief stint at New Mexico State, Stone transferred to the University of Alaska-Anchorage where she was voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year as well as earning second-team all-conference honors.

With the Seawolves, Stone broke the program's single-season record for 3-point field goals made (76) and attempted (237), while leading UAA to a national tournament bid. Stone, who ranked No. 26 in NCAA Division II with 2.6 3-pointers per game, also broke the school and conference single-game records for 3-pointers made (8) and attempted (21).

TCU has been one of the most successful women's basketball programs in the entire country under Mittie as they have played in 11 postseason appearances in 12 years, while also going to nine NCAA Tournaments during that stretch. The Frogs have also collected six conference championships and will be a member of arguably the toughest women's basketball conference in the entire country this season in the Big 12.


 

 


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