by Ed Beach
Former Lady Panthers standout Addy Roller will return to Drury University as an assistant coach. Roller will join the program after four seasons at Pittsburg State, where she was the Gorillas top assistant coach for the last two years and was a graduate assistant from 2016-18.
Amy Eagan, who will enter her first season as the Lady Panthers head coach, selected Roller as her first hire for Drury’s bench.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Addy back to our Drury family,” said Eagan. “Having been a former player here, Addy knows exactly what it means to be a Lady Panther on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. With the experience she has had as a graduate assistant and now assistant coach, I expect her to make an immediate impact on our program.
“Her main responsibility will be to be our recruiting coordinator, and I cannot think of anyone better to sell Drury, the program, and the experience our players get. I look forward to working with her, learning from her, and helping her grow. Everyone help us give a warm welcome home to Addy!”
Pittsburg State recorded a 90-30 record in four seasons while Roller was as an assistant. During her tenure, the Gorillas reached the NCAA-II tournament twice, and in 2018, finished only behind national champion Central Missouri in the MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Roller played her junior and senior season for the Lady Panthers after transferring from Wayne State (Neb.). She was part of two NCAA-II tournament teams at Drury, two Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division championships, and the 2015 GLVC title while the Lady Panthers went 52-9 during her two years on the squad. Roller ranked in the league’s top 10 in assists and free throw percentage in both of her seasons in the GLVC, and she was on the national leaderboard in assist-to-turnover both years. Her 11 assists against Missouri S&T in 2016 is still tied for a program single-game record. Roller led the Northern Sun Athletic Conference in assists averaging 4.7 as a sophomore while leading Wayne State to a 28-5 record and the second round of the NCAA-II tournament.
One of southwest Missouri’s top high school players of the last decade, Roller scored a program-record 2,392 career points at Purdy High School, was the Class 2 Player of the Year, and helped her team to a state championship in 2011.
“I am very excited to go back to my Alma Mater and work at the great place of Drury University,” said Roller. “In my two years as a player, I had amazing support from the boosters and administration. It is always a privilege to have the chance to come back to that kind of winning tradition. I am fortunate to be working with such a knowledgeable coach as Amy Eagan and am really looking forward to the opportunity.”
Roller graduated from Drury with a degree in Business Administration in 2016, and she earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Pittsburg State in 2018.
Roller fills the assistant’s role after Eagan was elevated following the departure of former head coach Molly Miller to Grand Canyon University, and former assistant coach Buck Scheel left the program to join Miller. Drury graduate assistants Julia Wells and Grant Hopkins will enter their second year on the Lady Panthers bench in 2020-21. Roller is scheduled to begin work at Drury on June 15.
The Lady Panthers finished 2019-20 undefeated at 32-0, won GLVC regular season title going 20-0 in league play, they won their fourth straight GLVC tournament championship, and they ended the year ranked number one in NCAA-II. 2019-20 marked the second consecutive year Drury completed an undefeated regular season.