NORFOLK, Va. – Theresa Pusateri has been named the Director of Basketball Operations for the Old Dominion University women’s basketball team, as announced by head coach Karen Barefoot on Friday.
Pusateri will oversee day to day operations for the women's basketball program which include team travel, marketing, fundraising, community service, player personnel and summer camps.
"Theresa will assist in all phases of the administrative responsibilities of our women's basketball program,” exclaimed Barefoot. “She will do a great job in this position because she has a high level of energy, an impressive skill set and an incredible work ethic. We are excited to have her join our Lady Monarch family."
Pusateri comes to ODU after serving the last three years as an Assistant to the Athletic Program and Coach (basketball, field hockey and softball) at Rye High/Middle School.
“I am extremely honored to join such a talented women's basketball staff at ODU,” said Pusateri. “Coach Barefoot is a proven winner and has elevated this program to another level in just three short years. I look forward to making a positive difference with the student athletes, the University, the fans and most importantly the community.”
Prior to moving to Rye, N.Y., Pusateri was an Executive Assistant for Nancy Lieberman Enterprises and Camp Director for Nancy Lieberman’s Basketball Camps/Clinics from May 2007 to August 2011. From 2010-11, Head Coach Nancy Lieberman appointed Pusateri as the Executive Assistant of the Texas Legends, a National Basketball Association Development Team.
Nancy Lieberman discussed ODU’s most recent hire, "Theresa was a Monarch long before she became a Monarch. When she worked with me, she knew about the history of our esteemed University. She's the right woman for the right job. I'm glad she's in the Lady Monarch family."
Before Pusateri’s stint in the NBA D-League, she was a Graduate Assistant for the Michigan State University women’s basketball team under head coach Joanne P. McCallie, where Pusateri obtained her Mater of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Administration and Coaching in the May of 2007. Pusateri also attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Communication in East Lansing, Mich. at MSU.
While at Michigan State, Pusateri was three-sport varsity athlete (field hockey, basketball and softball). She was a member of the field hockey team from 2000-2004, when the team compiled 67 wins, one Final Four run and two Big Ten Regular Season/Tournament titles. Pusateri played on the basketball team from 2002-2005, as the Spartans made it to the NCAA Tournament’s First Round in 2002 and then Second Round in 2003. Pusateri was also a member of the MSU softball team for the 2000-01 season.
Joanne P. McCallie (who coached Pusateri at Michigan State and is currently the head coach at Duke University) talked about the Lady Monarch’s newest addition, “I am thrilled for Theresa to become a part of the outstanding Old Dominion program. Theresa's enthusiasm, work ethic and overall positive spirit will bring even more energy to ODU women's basketball. Coach Barefoot is a phenomenal coach and role model for which Theresa will benefit greatly.”