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East Tennessee St hires Ezell away from Belmont

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State is hiring Belmont's Brittney Ezell as its new women's basketball coach.

The school has scheduled a Friday news conference to announce the move, which awaits approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Ezell went 41-52 in three years at Belmont, including an 18-14 record this year that included a Women's Basketball Invitational appearance. Belmont led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring defense and ranked 19th nationally in field-goal percentage defense this year.

Ezell, a former basketball and softball player at Alabama, also coached at Division II program Montevallo and Northwest Florida State College. During her playing career, Ezell was a four-year starting point guard who helped Alabama reach four straight regional semifinals from 1995-98.

Ezell replaces Karen Kemp, who retired after going 272-277 in 19 seasons.