Univ. of North Alabama Women's Basketball

Head Coach Missy Tiber

 

Melissa "Missy" Tiber enters her eighth season as head women's basketball coach at North Alabama. After becoming the program's eighth head coach in the summer of 2013, she owns a 120-80 record with the Lions.

With more than 20 years collegiate coaching experience, including 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Tiber owns a 306-236 career record. She won her 300th game on Feb. 3, 2020, with a 57-55 road win at NJIT. Earlier in the season, she won her 100th game at UNA with a record-breaking 128-26 home victory over Virginia-Lynchburg.

Tiber led North Alabama as the school began its transition to NCAA Division I basketball in the 2018-19 season as a member of the ASUN Conference. The Lions posted a 21-9 record during its first Division I season, earning a No. 4 seed in the ASUN Tournament with a 10-6 league record after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason coaches' poll. The following season, the Lions posted a 21-9 mark, giving UNA three straight 20-win seasons for the first time in program history.

Following a successful debut at the Division I level, Tiber's second Division I team at UNA continued to reach new heights. Led by a senior class that won a school-record 85 games and included the top two scorers in program history, the Lions set 14 school records at the single-season and career levels. Ivy Wallen became the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,762 career points. Her sister, Emma, finished a close second with 1,640 points. Brittany Panetti also reached the 1,000-point club and finished her career with a program-record 113 blocked shots.

Tiber's 2017-18 season at UNA broke or tied five individual and four team school records, including the most regular season wins in school history. The team returned to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time since 2013 and also cracked the NABC Top 25 Poll for the first time in 24 years.

Tiber came to UNA after serving as the head women's basketball coach at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University from 2009-13.  She also has 15 years of experience at the NCAA Division II level at West Liberty State College, Belmont Abbey College and Tusculum College.

From 2005-2009, Tiber was the head women’s basketball coach at Tusculum where she took a program at the bottom of the South Atlantic Conference and compiled a record of 86-34 and a conference mark of 40-20. Over her last two seasons there, Tusculum was 52-11 overall and 26-4 in conference play, winning back-to-back conference championships and twice playing in the NCAA Tournament.  The NCAA Tournament appearance (2008) was the first in school history.  The team's first NCAA Tournament victory in 2009 was also a landmark for the Pioneer women’s basketball program.

Prior to her time at Tusculum, Tiber spent four seasons as the head coach at NCAA DII Belmont Abbey College.  During that time, her teams compiled an overall record of 81-36 and a conference mark of 61-19.  Under her leadership the 2001-2002 team posted a 22-8 record, won the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship, the Carolinas Virginia Tournament Championship and advanced to participate in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Tiber began her coaching career as an assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, West Liberty (W.V.) State College. During her six years as an assistant, West Liberty was one of the most successful Division II basketball programs in the East Region.  The Bears won four West Virginia Conference Tournament Championships, three West Virginia regular season championships and participated in four NCAA Division II Tournaments. West Liberty averaged over 20 wins per season during her time there.    

During her coaching career, Tiber has coached numerous players who have received conference, regional and national awards, and every player that has exhausted their eligibility playing for her has gone on to earn their degree.
 
Tiber is a 1994 graduate of West Liberty State with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also has a Master's degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.