Ashleen Bracey, a former player for head coach Randy Norton at Illinois State, serves as the recruiting coordinator on the UAB women's basketball staff.
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.