Amy Wright is in her second season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M.
Wright came to Aggieland after one season as an assistant coach at Arizona State and following a three-year stint at Cleveland State. She was also a four-year letterwinner under Blair at the University of Arkansas, and previously spent time at A&M as an academic assistant and a radio color analyst for road games.
“Amy is one of the rising young stars in the coaching community and we are excited to have her back to be with us at Texas A&M,” Blair said. “It is a privilege to watch a former player learn the ropes in coaching and make her mark. It is even more gratifying to have her return to work alongside you, especially here at A&M where we’ve worked so hard to build one of the top programs in the nation.
“Amy is full of energy and ready to work at the highest level. We are eager for her to put her talents to use to keep us among the elite teams in women’s basketball.”
Over the nine years of her coaching career, Wright has been a part of eight winning seasons, with each of those eight teams making postseason play (3 NCAA, 5 WNIT). She has worked with five 20-win teams and earned two conference championships.
In her most recent stop, Wright revamped Arizona State’s entire recruiting system to help sign one of its highest-ranked recruiting classes. Specializing in out-of-bounds plays, on-court work with guards, and opponent scouting reports, Wright was instrumental in the Sun Devils’ 20-win season and a WNIT berth.
“I am very excited to become a part of the Texas A&M women’s basketball staff,” said Wright. “Returning to a familiar place, with familiar people is a great feeling when entering a new position. Having played for Coach Blair, I am most thrilled with the opportunity to now work with him. I understand the expectations of A&M women’s basketball and of being an Aggie, and I look forward to helping carry on a tradition-rich program.”
While at Cleveland State from 2008-11, Wright helped guide the program to 59 wins, a conference championship and a pair of postseason berths. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, assisted with game preparation and player development, and spent her final year as CSU’s associate coach.
In 2011, Cleveland State posted its second-highest win total in school history (21), tied the school record for most Horizon League wins (12) and earned a regional top seed in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) where it would go on to earn its first-ever postseason win. One season earlier, the Vikings advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Horizon League Championship. In her first season at CSU, Wright helped develop the 2009 Horizon League’s Co-Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to her appointment at Cleveland State, Wright spent one season as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky. The Lady Toppers had a tremendous campaign, compiling a 28-8 record and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Championship.
Wright began her coaching career at South Florida (2003-06). While at USF, she helped the Bulls amass 54 wins, including a 21-win campaign in 2004-05. During her tenure, USF made three trips to the postseason, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in 2006.
As a player, Wright started four seasons under Blair at Arkansas from 1999-2002. She is the only point guard in school history to lead the Lady Razorbacks to four straight postseason appearances, including the 1999 WNIT Championship and a berth in the WNIT semifinals in 2000.
Wright is Arkansas’ all-time leader in assists (717) and she set the school record for assists in a season as a senior (205). In her final two years, she led the Lady Razorbacks to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
“She was an excellent point guard at Arkansas and called every play for our team,” added Blair. “I’m confident that she will continue to develop Aggie point guards to the top level we strive for.”
An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection as a sophomore (1999-00), Wright never missed a game, playing in a school-record 131 consecutive contests.
Following her collegiate career, Wright participated in the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp and was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2002.
A native of Williamsburg, Ind., and 1998 graduate of Northeastern High School, Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Arkansas in 2002. She completed her master’s degree in sports and administration from Ohio University in December 2012.