Tierney hired to guide Battler women’s hoops

PHILIPPI – When the Lady Battlers hit the hardwood this fall, Steve Tierney will pace the sideline as the head women’s basketball coach.

Alderson Broaddus athletic director Dennis Creehan announced Tierney as the new head coach Wednesday at a media conference.

“The faculty, staff and administration that I have met, have an enthusiasm that is genuine and I look to bring that same kind of enthusiasm to our women’s basketball program,” Tierney said. “My teams in the past have been know for an up tempo, fast style of play and we want to do the same at Alderson Broaddus.”

Tierney has been out of coaching for the past three seasons. Most recently, he served as the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan. While there, he compiled a 135-111 record in eight seasons. He is the winningest women’s basketball coach in West Virginia Wesleyan history.

Over his final four seasons with the Bobcats, Tierney posted a 76-40 record. He led West Virginia Wesleyan to its first WVIAC title in 2010 and earned conference Coach of the Year honors.

Tierney’s players also performed well in the classroom, achieving a 3.2 team GPA each semester. In 2006-2007, his team ranked 16th on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.

“Our student academic life must come first and I will do all that I can to make sure our students graduate and become productive members of society,” said Tierney.

Prior to being the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan, Tierney spent a season as an assistant with the Bobcats. He also served as an assistant at Fairmont State University from 2000-2005.

Tierney also has international coaching experience. In 1993, he served as an assistant with the Basket-Flyers in Vienna, Austria. He also coached a pair of teams in New Zealand, leading the Hawkes Bay Hawks in 1990 and Govenor’s Wairipapa from 1988 to 1990.

Tierney began his coaching career as an assistant with South Suburban College in 1988 before joining the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant for the 1991-92 season.

He served as the interim women’s basketball coach with the Bobcats for the second half of the 1991-1992 season.