Univ. of North Alabama Women's Basketball

Head Coach Missy Tiber

 

Melissa "Missy" Tiber enters her sixth 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 78-62 record with the Lions.

With more than 20 years collegiate coaching experience, including 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Tiber owns a 279-232 career record. She won her 200th game on March 1, 2014, with an 87-84 road victory at UAH. Her 250th victory came on Jan. 21, 2017, with a 76-74 road win at Shorter.

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.