Cullowhee, N.C. – Newly minted Western Carolina women’s basketball head coach Heather Kearney today announced her first addition to her inaugural coaching staff. Former High Point University standout Stacia Robertson joins Kearney on the Catamount bench where she will assist in defense coordination and coach the post-player. She will also aid in recruiting and handle the program’s alumni relations.

“Stacia is a high-character person who had a tremendous playing career in both college and at the professional level,” Kearney said. “She excels at teaching the inside game to post players and also at relating to people. She will be an amazing role model and teacher of the game for our student-athletes.”

Robertson served as the Director of Basketball Operations alongside Kearney at High Point University from 2016 until 2018. She returned to High Point where she was a standout four-year player after playing professionally overseas for two years. Robertson played for the Bendigo Braves in the Southeastern Australia Basketball League in 2015 and Anadolu Universitesi in the Turkish League in 2016.

Robertson stepped away from collegiate athletics for a year working at Bankers Life as an insurance agent in Greensboro, N.C., before deciding to re-enter the coaching ranks at Western Carolina on Kearney’s staff.

“I am thrilled to be joining Heather Kearney and the Western Carolina family,” said Robertson. “Heather and I worked together at High Point University and she became a huge mentor for me as I transitioned from player to coach. When Heather reached out to me about this opportunity to join her staff, it was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made professionally. This is an exciting time to join WCU, and I look forward to helping this team unlock its potential and achieve great things for the school and community in Cullowhee."

A product of Grand Island, Neb., Robertson spent her first collegiate season at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., before transferring to High Point prior to the 2011-12 season. In just three years in the Purple & White, Robertson was a program-best, six-time Big South Player of the Week. She finished her career ranked among the top five in program NCAA Division I history for points (5th, 1,274); points per game (2nd, 13.7 points per game); rebounds (2nd, 801); blocked shots (3rd, 214), steals (2nd, 217) and field goal percentage (1st, 49.9%).

A two-time, first-team All-Big South selection in 2013-14 and 2014-15, Robertson rounded out her collegiate career averaging 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game en route to being named Big South Player of the Year as a senior in 2014-15. The forward also become the program's first AP All-American earning honorable mention during her redshirt-senior campaign.

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