Stephanie McCormick became the 11th Head Coach for Western Carolina women's basketball April 17, 2015.
She just completed her third season as the Head Coach of the Catamount women's basketball program.
In the 2016-17 season, McCormick notched her first all-conference selection with Sherae Bonner being named to SoCon All-Conference Third Team.
McCormick has served at five different institutions during her career including two stints as an assistant at Western Carolina. Her teams made nine postseason appearances with four apiece in both the NCAA Tournament and WNIT. She returns to Cullowhee after spending two years as an assistant coach at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.
In her second year as an assistant at Siena, McCormick helped guide the Saints to a 22-13 overall record, advancing to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) championship game. Siena's 22 wins this season were a 13-win improvement from the previous year, which was tied for the second-best turnaround in all of Division I women's basketball. Siena made its first national postseason tournament appearance in 12 years and became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) school to win three games in a single postseason and advance to the championship game of a tournament.
Prior to taking the position at Siena, McCormick spent nine years serving under Kellie Harper at both Western Carolina (2004-09) and North Carolina State (2009-13). During that time, she helped guide those schools to three NCAA Tournament and four WNIT berths.
The Wolfpack made three postseason appearances during McCormick's four seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. That season her recruiting efforts help land the 19th best-recruiting class in the nation according to Blue Star Basketball, 28th by ESPN HoopGurlz and 29th by Premier Scouting Service.
McCormick, who began her coaching career at Western Carolina from 1994-97 as an assistant to head coach Gary Peters, helped guide the Catamounts to four postseason berths in her five seasons working on Harper's staff, including a pair of Southern Conference titles. She also oversaw the program's academic success which captured three WBCA Academic Top-25 awards in five seasons including the 2007-08 squad which ranked fifth nationally.
Prior to her second stint at Western Carolina, McCormick made coaching stops at Georgia Tech (2003-04), Charlotte (2001-03) and UNC Wilmington (1997-01), serving as the associate head coach during her final three seasons with the Seahawks at the latter. She was the recruiting coordinator at both Georgia Tech and Charlotte, which boasted the No. 5 and No. 24 ranked recruiting classes in the country in 2004 and 2002 respectively according to the All-Star Girls Report.
A native of High Point, N.C., McCormick is a 1994 graduate of Catawba College. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and is a member of both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Black Coaches Association. The first player in school history to amass both 1,000 career points and rebounds, she holds Catawba's school record for both career (1,244) and single-season rebounds (374). In 2013, she was inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in its 36th class.