Head Coach and Assistant General Manager
The Charlotte Sting named Trudi Lacey as the teamís head coach and assistant general manager on February 13, 2003 after two seasons as the Sting lead assistant.
During that time, the Sting posted a 36-28 record, advancing to the WNBA playoffs each year, and engineering one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in professional sports history during in 2001. That year, Charlotte opened the season by going 1-10, only to close the campaign on a 17-4 run. They topped that regular-season finish by upending the number one and two seeds in the Eastern Conference during the playoffs to reach the WNBA Finals.
Prior to joining the Sting coaching staff, Lacey was a member of the USA Basketball staff beginning in March 1997 as assistant director for women's programs. In that position she aided the assistant executive director for women's programs in the development, coordination and implementation of the USA Basketball women's programs, including the planning and execution of all women's trials, training camps and international competitions.
Lacey was involved with USA Basketball as a committee member, coach and player, serving from 1993-96 on the USA Basketball Women's Player Selection Committee, and as an assistant coach for the bronze-medal winning 1995 R. William Jones Cup and 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival East teams.
As a player, Lacey competed on the 1978 USA Select Team that toured Asia, 1981 silver-medal winning World University Games team, the 1982 USA National Team that won a gold medal in the Ferend Hepp Memorial Tournament in Hungary and the gold-medal winning 1983 USA World University Games Team.
Prior to joining the USA Basketball staff, Lacey served for one-season (1996-97) as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, and spent eight years (1989-96) as head coach at the University of South Florida. Selected the 1989 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Lacey left South Florida as the program's all-time winningest coach.
Lacey was also head coach for two years (1987-88) at NAIA Francis Marion College in South Carolina where her teams compiled a 53-12 record for an impressive .815 winning percentage. While at Francis Marion, her squads finished seventh (1987) and 16th (1988) in the NAIA Division II final national rankings.
Lacey also boasts of assistant coaching experience at Manhattan College (1981), James Madison (1982) and NC State (1983-84).
As a collegian at NC State, Lacey was a four-time All-AIAW Tournament choice. Twice named as NC Stateís team MVP, she is the only player in ACC history to earn first-team All-ACC honors four consecutive years.
During her four varsity seasons, Lacey helped the Wolfpack to a 105-30 overall record and recorded 1,957 points and 1,051 rebounds. Lacey journeyed overseas in 1984 and played professionally in Italy for two seasons (1985-87).