Former Lady'Back Standout Named to Lady Tiger Hoops Staff
May 22, 2002
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Former University of Arkansas Lady Razorback standout Sytia Messer has been hired as an assistant to University of Memphis women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis.
Messer will help to fill the void left by the departure of assistant coach Ben Law and director of basketball operations Maurice Stafford. McNelis hopes to complete her staff in the next couple of weeks.
Messer joins The U of M staff after serving the last 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.
Messer, who is seventh on the Lady Razorbacks' all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, 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.
"I am very exciting about Sytia joining our staff," said McNelis. "I think she will be a great asset to this program in her ability to relate to the athletes. She played on a Final Four team and has a great personality, great people skills and she is disciplined."
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.