University of Missouri

Mizzou women’s basketball adds Ashleen Bracey as assistant coach

Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton has ties to Ashleen Bracey, who has been hired as an assistant coach.
Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton has ties to Ashleen Bracey, who has been hired as an assistant coach. The Associated Press

Missouri women’s basketball announced Monday that Ashleen Bracey had been hired as an assistant coach.

Bracey replaces Michael Porter Sr., who left in May to become an assistant for the Washington men’s basketball team under Lorenzo Romar.

Bracey, who had been an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham for three seasons, played for Tigers coach Robin Pingeton at Illinois State, winning three Missouri Valley Conference titles, and later served as a graduate assistant on her Mizzou staff in 2011.

“We are beyond excited to have Ashleen join our staff,” Pingeton said in a statement from MU athletics. “She is going to be a fantastic addition. I have known Ashleen for more than 11 years and have always been so impressed with her work ethic as well as her basketball IQ. She is a high-character, high-integrity individual who is very passionate about the game. She is without a doubt an up-and-coming star in this profession.”

Bracey played one professional season in Greece and also coached at Ball State before after leaving Illinois State.

“I’m extremely fortunate for the opportunity to work for my former college coach, Robin Pingeton,” Bracey said. “The entire staff and the team are like family to me. I am blessed and honored to be a part of this program again. I am ready to jump right in, roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

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