Natalie Greenwell Sweeney named assistant coach for Transylvania Women’s Basketball

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Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania women's basketball head coach Juli Fulks has solidified her coaching staff for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Natalie Greenwell Sweeney as assistant coach.

"I am thrilled to have Natalie join our coaching staff this year," said Fulks. "She comes to Transy with an outstanding background in coaching. Her expertise and skills will be an asset to our team."

"I would like to thank Coach Fulks for providing me an opportunity here at Transy," echoed Sweeney. "I'm very excited to share her vision and assist in the continued success of this program."

A former collegiate standout at NCAA Division I Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, Sweeney is a rising star in the basketball coaching profession, bringing coaching experience at the Division I and Division II levels to Transylvania.

Sweeney joins the Pioneers from NCAA Division II University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois, where she served on the coaching staff as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. Sweeney left her imprint upon the program from an individual and team standpoint as the program experienced unprecedented success during her two-year stint.

Her assistant coaching roles with the Prairie Stars encompassed skill development for the team's perimeter players, including Second Team All-GLVC player Shelbi Patterson. While Sweeney was at Illinois-Springfield, the 2017-18 squad set a program record for most overall wins, most conference wins, and made the program's first appearance in the D2SIDA rankings.

In her time at Illinois-Springfield, Sweeney was instrumental in recruiting operations for the Prairie Stars as the program signed student-athletes from a diverse population of recruits across the Midwest, and was also responsible for running camps.

A stellar playing career at Morehead State preceded Sweeney's coaching tenure with Illinois-Springfield, where she was a member of the Eagles program from 2011 through 2016.  

Following an ACL surgery midway through her collegiate playing career, Sweeney took advantage of her 2012-2013 redshirt season and served as an undergraduate assistant coach with the Morehead women's basketball team where she gained her first coaching experience.

Sweeney added to her coaching ledger by spending one season as an assistant girls basketball coach at Rowan County Senior High School in Morehead, developing a year-round strength and conditioning program for the team while completing a term as a student teacher at the high school.

Upon completing her bachelor's degree in health and physical education at Morehead, Sweeney was selected for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program in April 2016.

Sweeney's arrival to Lexington marks a return of sorts to her Central Kentucky roots; the Elizabethtown, Kentucky native was a standout player at Elizabethtown High School where she was named the 5th Region Player of the Year in 2011 and led her team to a State Runner-up finish in 2009.

Sweeney obtained her Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois in August 2017.

She joins a Transylvania women's basketball program coming off a 21-6 season and its second consecutive appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship game. Her perimeter expertise complements a program which ranked top-5 nationally last season in three-point shooting.

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