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May 26, 2011

By Jeff Honza
Southeast Missouri Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri head women's basketball coach Ty Margenthaler completed his first coaching staff Thursday. Ben Coomes and Heather Ezell will fill the final two spots on Margenthaler's staff.

Coomes and Ezell join Dionnah Jackson, who spent her first year as an assistant coach at Southeast in 2010-11.

"I think everyone is energetic and excited to hit the ground running," said Margenthaler. "I know Ben, Heather and Dionnah are on board with my vision to take this program to the next level."

A native of Evansville, Ind., Coomes will be the Redhawks recruiting coordinator and guards coach. He comes to Southeast after serving as the women's basketball video coordinator at Purdue the last two years.

Prior to that, Coomes was an assistant coach at both Belmont University (2007-08) - which will join the Ohio Valley Conference - and Lambuth (2006-07). In addition, he was the director of basketball operations at Evansville (2004-06).

"Ben's recruiting ties to the Midwest and South will be beneficial to our program," said Margenthaler.

Coomes graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport communications from Indiana in 2004. He worked as a student manager for the women's basketball program all four years at Indiana and worked two seasons as the head manager.

Ezell, who is originally from Springfield, Mo., will coach the perimeter and assist with recruiting. She was voted 2005 Miss Show-Me Basketball after compiling two state championships, four district titles and a 113-7 record in her four-year career at Kickapoo High School.

"It's great to bring in a Missouri native," commented Margenthaler. "Heather is well-respected and had a decorated playing career before she started coaching last season."

Ezell completed her first year as a full-time assistant coach at Fairfield University in 2010-11, where she assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program in addition to working with the Stags perimeter players.

In 2009-10, Ezell played for Iceland's Haukar team of the Iceland Express League, where she was named the Best Player. She led her conference in points and steals, while finishing second in assists and rebounds, and earning the Most Valuable Player award in the league's All-Star Game.

Ezell graduated with degrees in management and marketing from Iowa State in 2009. A four-year letterwinner, she tied the Cyclones career record with 287 three-point field goals and ranked 10th in school history with 1,339 points. A Second-Team All-Big 12 selection as a senior, Ezell finished that year ranked 27th in the nation with 2.5 three-point field goals made per game and ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 3.5 assists per contest.

Additionally, Ezell was the only player who did not play in the 2009 Big 12 Championship title game to earn All-Tournament Team honors. She earned that accolade after draining a conference record 17 three-pointers in three tournament games, including a record eight in an upset of top-seeded Kansas State.

 
 

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