Courtney Locke comes to Lipscomb University to serve as assistant coach under head coach Greg Brown for the women’s basketball team. Locke and Brown reunite after coaching three years together at UCF.
During her three years as an assistant at Lipscomb, Locke has helped coach two All-Conference players, one All-Freshman team member, six All-Academic team members, and one ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also coached a Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch list member, an honor bestowed to only 20 student-athletes in the nation and only four from mid-major schools.
In the Knight’s final season in Conference USA during the 2012-13 year, Locke guided the team through the conference tournament where the Knights advanced to its third conference title in five years after securing victories over Houston, regular season champion and No. 1 seed SMU, and defending tournament champion UTEP.
With Locke’s help on the coaching side, UCF ended a 0-44 streak against SEC opponents after the team knocked off Mississippi State and shattered the nation’s ninth-longest home-win streak at Florida Gulf Coast. She was also present for Briahanna Jackson’s C-USA Freshman of the Year honor after breaking the school record for most steals in a single season.
Locke backed both Conference USA Championship teams that moved forward to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2011. She was key in the development and starting of guards Angelica Mealing, Aisha Patrick, and Chelsie Wiley. Locke was promoted to UCF’s recruiting coordinator in July 2010.
Locke coached at UC Santa Barbara during the 2011-12 season where took on the role of recruiting coordinator and led the team to the 2012 Big West Tournament title.
She also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Under Locke’s tutelage, the UTSA Roadrunners recorded their most successful season in school history during the 2007-08 year. The team posted an overall record of 23-10 and won their first Southland Conference Tournament Championship advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. With Locke’s help, guard Monica Gibb was named to the All-Southland Conference First-Team in 2008.
Locke brings a highly decorated basketball career of her own to the coaching staff. She was a four-year letterwinner at Rutgers University from 2002-06. Coached by Vivian Stringer, Locke played in 126 games as a guard seeing 26 starts for the Scarlet Knights.
As a senior, Locke started in five games locking in 39.4 percent of her three-point attempts. She contributed to the team’s overall record of 27-5 and 16-0 in the Big East.
The Scarlet Knights advanced to four NCAA Tournaments making it to the Elite Eight in 2005 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2006. The team won the Big East regular-season title twice during Locke’s career. She compiled a career record of 97-23 (.752) overall and 53-11 (.828) in conference competition.
Locke graduated in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sports studies.