Lindenwood University Belleville announced Tuesday that it has hired former MacMurray College coach Anne Ewing to bring its women’s basketball program to life.
Ewing, a native of the St. Louis area, said she plans to combine her experience as a college and high school coach with her ties to the St. Louis basketball community to build the Lindenwood Belleville program from scratch. The team is expected to hit the court for the first time this fall.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to build a basketball program from the ground up,” Ewing said. “It was a chance that I just couldn’t pass up.”
Ewing said she stresses the fundamentals like maintaining a strong work ethic and a good attitude. And she keeps things fresh with a run and gun style of play.
“We’re going to be very fast paced,” Ewing said. “We’re going to be pressing a lot on defense and looking to run on offense. We’re going to be a lot of fun to watch.”
At MacMurray, Ewing recruited feverishly, doubling the size of her team’s roster from seven to 14 players, an experience she said will help her fill out a roster in Belleville.
Prior to taking the helm of the MacMurray women’s program, Ewing worked in St. Louis at the Kozeney and McCubbin law office as an attorney where she specialized in real estate law, bankruptcies, evictions and foreclosures.
She also worked for five years as basketball coach at Ursuline Academy and Lutheran South High School in St. Louis where she helped young players prepare for the college ranks.
Lindenwood Belleville Vice President and CAO Jerry Bladdick said he’s excited to see Ewing at the helm.“She’s not only going to put a team on the floor that is going to be fun for the fans to watch,” Bladdick said. “She’s going to build a program that students and the community can be proud of for years to come.”
In addition to her coaching duties, Ewing will serve as an academic advisor and teacher at Lindenwood’s Belleville campus.
Ewing earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Psychology from the University of Dayton, in May 2003. In May 2006, she completed a J.D., Certificate in Health Law, from Saint Louis University School of Law, and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2006, the Nebraska Bar in 2008, and the Kansas Bar in 2008.
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