Florida Gulf Coast University head women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko has announced that Sharon Emory has joined the Eagles coaching staff and will serve as an assistant coach.
Emory, a native of West Virginia, comes to FGCU after coaching at a North Carolina high school. Among her duties this season, her responsibilities will include working with the FGCU guards.
"Coach Emory was an excellent player and is eager to begin her college coaching career,” said Smesko. “Her playing experience and basketball background will help improve our overall program.”
Emory was one of the most celebrated players in Liberty University history. The Big South Conference Player of the Year in 2000, she led the Flames to four consecutive conference championships and four NCAA Division I tournament appearances. Named to the Big South all-conference team for four straight years, Emory finished her career ranked in the top-5 in school history in 14 statistical categories. In addition to being the school’s career leader in steals, she ended her career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,733 points.
A 5-foot-6 point guard, she was inducted into the Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame and had her jersey number retired in November 2001.
From 2001-2003, Emory was an assistant coach at West Caldwell High School in North Carolina. After winning just seven games prior to her arrival, the team won two straight conference championships, posted a 20-win season and advanced to the Elite 8 before losing to the eventual state champion.
Coach Smesko, assistant coach LeAnn Freeland and Emory return a veteran squad that has won 48 games the past two seasons and enters their first season of NCAA Division II post-season eligibility.