May 10, 2016
Bullett Named Head Coach of Women's Basketball Team
The West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Department and Director of Athletics Randy Tenney is pleased to announce the hiring of Vicky Bullett as the new head coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat basketball program.
Bullett arrives at the College after spending the last four years as an educator and the women’s basketball head coach at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, MD.
Bullett, a native of Martinsburg, WV, graduated in 1985 from Martinsburg High School. Following a successful high school athletic career at Martinsburg, she was pursued by the top college women’s basketball programs in the nation.
She attended and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies. She is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time.
“I am proud of our entire coaching staff, and I think that it is great to be able to add someone like Vicky to that staff,” remarked Tenney. “Coach Bullett is an up-and-coming coach. She certainly had success at Hagerstown Community College, but I think her best coaching days are still ahead of her.
“As good of a player and a coach that she already is, she is an even better person. She will have a great impact across our campus, and also plans to teach. We are excited that she will touch the lives of our students than just in the athletic department.”
During her collegiate playing career at the University of Maryland, she was named to All-ACC First Team in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Her 1989 season was perhaps one of the best seasons ever by any collegiate player. She was named the 1989 ACC Player of the Year, the ACC MVP, and a Kodak All-American.
Bullett was the first player in Maryland history to register two seasons of 500 points or more, and one of only five players in school history to record 600 points in one season (686).
In 2003, she was named to the ACC Women’s Basketball 50th Anniversary Team.
She was selected to the 1988 and 1992 United States Olympic Teams, which won gold and bronze medals respectively. In honor of being a member of the 1988 Gold Medal Team, the city of Martinsburg renamed the street in which she grew up to “Vicky Bullett Street.”
In 1997, she was the first player chosen in the WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting. She played three seasons for the Sting before being traded to the Washington Mystics where she played for three seasons. During the six seasons, she accumulated 2,018 points. Prior to and following her WNBA career, she played internationally in Italy and Brazil.
In 2011, Bullett was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Martinsburg High School Hall of Fame, the West Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame, the University of Maryland Hall of Fame, and the West Virginia Sports Writer Hall of Fame.
Before starting her coaching career at Hagerstown Community College, she returned home to Martinsburg where she taught at South Middle School.
At Hagerstown Community College, she served as an assistant coach before taking over the head coaching position in 2012. Her 2015-16 squad posted a 24-8 record, and advanced to the NJCAA National Championships where they placed seventh in the nation.
Bullett will begin her duties at Wesleyan starting on Monday, May 16.
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