Former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback standout Sytia Messer joined the Lady Tiger basketball program last season, and is the veteran of the staff this year.
Messer is responsible for the on-court coaching of the guards, and serves as the junior college recruiting coordinator and the scouting coordinator. She is also the contact for film exchange, as well as overseeing the community service efforts of the Lady Tigers.
Messer joined The U of M staff after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas State. At ASU, Messer's responsibilities included working with the guards, film exchange and coordinating team travel.
Eighth on the Lady Razorbacks' all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, Messer was a member of Arkansas' 1998 Final Four team and was also named the MVP of the West Regional. She served as team captain of the Lady Razorbacks during her junior and senior campaigns, and holds the school record for the most consecutive games played with 128.
While at Arkansas, Messer earned a spot on the 1999 NIT all-tournament team, the 1998 Joe Smith Preseason all-America team and the 1996 SEC all-freshman team as well as various regular season all-tournament teams.
Messer also gained experience playing for the 1997 and 1999 Athletes in Action summer and fall tours in Switzerland and Poland, respectively.
Messer prepped at Waldo High School, and was named a member of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Dream Team as a senior. She was the MVP of the 1995 Arkansas High School Coaches' Association All-Star game, and led WHS to a 29-5 record and a second-place finish in the regional tournament her senior season. She is the only player, male or female, to have her jersey retired at WHS.
A member of both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association, Messer enjoys spending time with her family, running, conducting basketball camps for youth and participating in charity events sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.