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Sarah Teachey Returns To ODU As Director Of Basketball Operations

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: July 22, 2011
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July 22, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion women's basketball head coach Karen Barefoot has announced the hiring of Sarah Teachey as Director of Basketball Operations for the Lady Monarchs.

"We landed someone incredible who I know will work extremely hard and has the skills, knowledge and passion to help our program," Barefoot said. "It's always been a dream of mine for her to work with me again. Her community involvement stands out and that's an area that really impresses me, as well as her leadership and mentorship towards our student-athletes. She's a perfect fit."

Teachey, who served as ODU's first Director of Basketball Operations during the 2005-06 season, most recently served as the Director of Marketing with Fresno State athletics where she led the marketing and promotions charge for the Bulldogs 19 Division I sports for three years.

While at Fresno State, Teachey created the ultimate fan experience resulting in increased ticket sales in several sports as well as large community outreach programs such as TeamSmile, WBCA Pink Zone, Community Food Bank and Lift Up America. She was involved with numerous WAC Conference Championships and the 2008 Fresno State NCAA Baseball National Championship.

At Old Dominion Teachey will work closely with the day-to-day operation of the women's basketball program including all team travel arrangements, budget assistance and oversight, camps, and the Lady Monarch Pride booster club. Her role will focus heavily on working within the community and the Monarch ReachOut programs.

"This is a blessed opportunity for my family and me to be back with the Old Dominion women's basketball program and I feel honored to be part of Coach Barefoot's talented staff," said Teachey. "I wholeheartedly believe in her vision and her winning system and I am ecstatic to collectively pursue the highest of successes under her leadership. I'm looking forward to getting to know our student-athletes and be a positive influence in their lives. I am also anxious to see all the Lady Monarch fans at the Ted as we continue building relationships in the community."

Prior to her role at ODU Teachey spent three seasons working with the WNBA's Seattle Storm, then coached by ODU alumna Anne Donovan, as the Senior Coordinator of Community Relations and Promotions. While in Seattle, she helped implement community outreach plans including Read To Achieve, Mind.Body.Spirit, Jr. WNBA/NBA, and Breast Health Awareness and Stormin' the Sound off-season community relations campaign. Teachey also developed various marketing initiatives to promote the 2004 WNBA Champions.

A 1999 graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Health and Sports Studies, Teachey received her masters degree from New Hampshire in Kinesiology-Sports Studies in 2001. She is married to David Teachey who is in the U.S. Navy and they have one daughter, Addison, born in 2008.

Major Championships Teachey Has Been Involved In...
2004 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm
2006 ODU Women's Basketball CAA Championship
2008 Fresno State NCAA Baseball National Championship

What Others Are Saying About Teachey:

"During Sarah's tenure at Fresno State, she came to work each and every day with the drive, creativity, and understanding of how to promote and enhance Fresno State Athletics. She was a tremendous team member and leader in the Department of Athletics, and I have no doubt that she will bring all of these skills and characteristics to her new position at Old Dominion."

Paul Ladwig, Fresno State Athletics, Senior Associate Athletics Director, External Relations

"Sarah was a key member of our organization from 2002-2004. She contributed to several key initiatives, particularly in the area of community outreach and player relations. I'm so glad I had the chance to work with her and will always appreciate our shared memory of the Storm's first WNBA Championship in 2004."

Karen Bryant, President & CEO Seattle Storm - 2004 and 2010 WNBA Champions

"During her time with the Seattle Storm, Sarah executed one of the best off-season campaigns in the WNBA as well as established several key community programs throughout the season. Any organization is blessed to have her top notch talents of foresight, organization, attention to detail and the ability to create a buzz about the team!"

Adia Barnes, WNBA player 1998-2004, member of the 2004 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm

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