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Purdy alumna Addy Roller was named as an assistant coach at Drury University this week. Jared Lankford/

Roller named to coaching staff at Drury

Former Purdy and Drury 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.

Purdy alumna Addy Roller was named as an assistant coach at Drury University this week. Jared Lankford/

Amy Eagan, who will enter her first season as the Lady Panthers head coach, selected Roller as her first hire for Drury’s bench.

One of southwest Missouri’s top high school players of the last decade, Roller scored a program-record 2,392 career points at Purdy was the Class 2 Player of the Year, and helped her team to a state championship in 2011.

While in high school, she set the Missouri basketball record for career 3-point field goals made (319), 3-point field goals made in a season (120), consecutive games with a made 3-point attempt goal (39) and average made 3-point attempts per game (2.75). The district retired her No. 23 jersey in 2012.

“I am very excited to go back to my alma mater and work at the great place of Drury University,” Roller said. “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.”

Eagan said she is extremely excited to welcome Addy back to the Drury family.

“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,” she said. “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. 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.

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 Monday.

The Lady Panthers finished 2019-2020 undefeated at 32-0, won the GLVC regular season title going 20-0 in league play, won their fourth straight GLVC tournament championship and ended the year ranked No. 1 in NCAA-II.

The 2019-2020 marked the second consecutive year Drury completed an undefeated regular season.

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