Ebony Felder knows what it takes to be successful in college basketball after lettering at the University of Georgia, where she helped lead the program to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Felder brought that knowledge and work ethic to Louisiana Tech, a program that is just as steeped in NCAA Tournament success boasting an incredible 27 NCAA appearances.
As Felder begins her fifth year with the Lady Techsters -- her third as a full-time assistant -- she is the perfect complement to head coach Teresa Weatherspoon's staff.
"Ebony is a young lady who fights for perfection," Weatherspoon said. "She always wants to learn more. She doesn't want anyone else to do a better job than her. She's a perfectionist. I like that. She's a go-getter.
"She might not be as experienced as some coaches in this game, but she understands the game of basketball and she knows where she wants to go. She's always on the same page as me and that's important."
Since being promoted to an assistant coach two years ago, Felder helped the Lady Techsters return to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons while working with the LA Tech post players, including WAC Players of the Year Shanavia Dowdell and Adrienne Johnson.
In addition to post player development, Felder is responsible for assisting Weatherspoon in an assortment of administrative duties, directing summer basketball camps, coordinating freshmen and overall player affairs (housing), coordinating community service/relations projects for women's basketball program, coordinating recruiting as specified by head coach, assisting with post player development, and assisting with scouting and game preparation during season.
During her playing days in Athens, Ga., Felder helped lead Andy Landers and Co. to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Felder, a second generation Parade All-American in women's basketball - her mother Pam McDonald Felder was named to the first ever team in 1977 - , averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds during her career despite chronic knee problems.
The Jackson, Miss., native was named to the 2002 All-SEC Freshman team by league coaches after finishing as one of the league's top rebounders in her rookie season.
Felder was named first team All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) during her senior year at Murrah High School.
She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Georgia in 2006 and her master's degree in English from Louisiana Tech in 2009.