BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College has hired Maisie Elston as its new Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Head Coach Mike Ricks announced today.
Elston was a four-year varsity player at NCAA Division I Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. She competed in over 100 games during her career, including 25 games as a senior team captain in the 2014-15 season. Elston helped HBU to the finals of the 2015 Southland Conference Championship Tournament after the Huskies entered as the eighth seed, knocking off fifth-seeded McNeese State, fourth-seeded Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and top-seeded Stephen F. Austin before falling to sixth-seeded Northwestern State in the final game.
"I am extremely thankful that I have been given the opportunity to step in as the Assistant Coach at Birmingham-Southern College," Elston said. "I have played a major role in building a winning program as a player at HBU, and I am now ready to assist Coach Ricks in building a championship program as a coach here at BSC. I am very excited for the future of this program and once again thankful that Coach Ricks has given me this opportunity."
Elston, a native of Rochford, England, also played for the Great Britain U20 National Team in the Division A FIBA European Championship, and she was also a member of the U18 England National Team that competed in the FIBA European Championship in Miskolc, Hungary, in the summer of 2011 and 2012. She attended one of the most prestigious basketball academies in the United Kingdom and was renowned as one of the most prolific perimeter players in her age group. Elston also played club ball for the Sevenoaks Suns in Division I of the English National League.
Elston graduated from HBU with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in psychology. She was named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and was also a member of the HBU Dean's List.
"I couldn't be happier that Maisie has decided to join our staff," Ricks said. "She has a terrific and diverse background in basketball and a great feel for the game. She comes to us from a program at HBU where they have worked extremely hard to achieve success by doing things the right way. I know she will bring those same winning habits with her to BSC."