Ashleen Bracey, a former player for head coach Randy Norton at Illinois State, enters her fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the UAB women's basketball staff.
As a team in 2015-16, UAB recorded the highest GPA in the fall under the helm of Norton’s staff (3.39) and its highest mark since 2006. The Blazers led the C-USA in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 57.2 points per contest. The 1,774 points allowed in 2015-16 is the fourth-least allowed by a team in UAB history.
Under Bracey’s guidance, senior forward Brittany Winborne garnered second team all-conference honors. Winborne led the league and ranked in the top 15 in the nation in rebounds per contest, double-doubles, offensive boards per contest, and field goal percentage. In UAB’s single season records, Winborne ranks sixth in rebounds per game (11.1), fourth in blocks (43) and fourth in rebounds (345). She also reeled in 23 boards against C-USA Tournament Champion Middle Tennessee on ASN, the second most in a single game in school history.
In 2014-15, she helped lead the team to an 18-13 finish and a 16-15 finish in 2013-14 – including two all-conference nominations.
Bracey comes to the Blazers from Ball State, where she was the assistant coach on a team that went 18-15 overall and made it to the WNIT Final 16 in 2012-13. Previous to her stop in Muncie, Ind., Bracey was a graduate assistant at Missouri during the 2011-12 season and was an assistant coach for Eureka College in 2011.
No stranger to success, Bracey brings a long list of accomplishments to UAB. A successful college basketball player at Illinois State, she played professional basketball in Athens, Greece in 2010.
As a player at ISU, Bracey was instrumental in turning the Redbirds into a Missouri Valley Conference power. Playing under then associate head coach Norton, Bracey helped Illinois State to three 20-win seasons, three MVC Championships, an NCAA berth in 2008 and two final four appearances in the post season WNIT in 2009 and 2010.
Bracey was an All-Valley First-Team selection and MVC All-Defensive Team honoree in her senior season. That same year, she led her team in scoring and rebounding with 14.7 points and 7.6 boards per contest and broke the Redbirds' single season record for free-throw percentage with her 88.9 percent clip from the line.
A native of Oak Park, Ill., Bracey was also an outstanding player and three-year starter at Oak Park River-Forest High School. She was a three-time All-West Suburban Conference selection and the team's MVP as a junior and senior. Each of those seasons she averaged a near double-double with 15 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in her junior season, followed by 10 points and 8.8 boards per contest in her senior year.
Bracey comes from a strong family of basketball stars. Her brother, Bryan, played college basketball at Oregon and professionally in Greece. Her brother, Christopher, played college basketball at West Texas A&M and professionally in France.