|Head Coach Brian Boyer|
After 14 seasons at the helm of the Arkansas State women’s basketball program, head coach Brian Boyer has not only established himself as the winningest coach in ASU women’s basketball history, but as the winningest basketball coach to ever pace the sideline at Arkansas State. When Boyer led the Red Wolves to a 54-51 victory over UALR in the 2010-11 regular season finale, he passed former women’s head coach Jerry Ann Winters with 197 victories, moving to the top of the list of all coaches in the history of ASU men’s or women’s basketball.
Since then, Boyer’s career victory total has risen to 226, including 123 Sun Belt Conference victories. His SBC win total is tied for fourth most all-time, a ranking that includes all women’s and men’s head coaches, and it ranks second among active coaches.
During the 2012-13 season, Boyer led A-State to 12 wins in Sun Belt Conference, marking the sixth that an ASU team had won at least 10 games in conference play under Boyer's direction. He also guided the team on a seven-game winning streak, which was tied for the sixth longest in school history. Jane Morrill also became the 22nd player to have played under Boyer to be voted onto the SBC All-Conference team at the end of the season.
In 2011-12, he became the only ASU basketball coach to ever reach the 200-victory mark. During the season, Arkansas State picked up notable victories over Southern Cal, WNIT participant Toledo and NCAA Tournament participant UT-Martin.
The Red Wolves finished the 2010-11 season strong, winning seven of their last nine games to advance to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and close out the year at 18-14, with a 9-7 slate in league play. With nine conference victories on the year, Boyer now stands at 105 career SBC wins and is tied for fourth place all-time with former Western Kentucky Coach Paul Sanderford.
The Red Wolves also saw two players earn post-season accolades, with senior Shay Scott earning third-team All-SBC honors and junior guard NeNe Hurst landing a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference Tournament team.
Throughout the season, the Red Wolves relied on defense on way to their 18 victories. Arkansas State finished the season at No. 4 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 26 percent shooting from outside the arc. The Red Wolves were also 28th nationally with a plus-3.94 turnover margin and their 10.3 steals per game ranked 46th in the nation. Arkansas State held its opponents to just 57.4 points-per-game on the season to finish 54th nationally in total defense.
Under Boyer's guidance, Arkansas State has reached the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times. He led the Red Wolves to the 2003-04 Sun Belt East Division Championship, the program has produced 19 All-Sun Belt Conference players with Boyer at the helm, and Boyer was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year following the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
The 2009-10 Red Wolves finished the year at 13-18 under Boyer, with a 7-11 mark in Sun Belt Conference action. Although Arkansas State did finish under .500 on the year and below the lofty standards that Boyer has maintained during his tenure, the Red Wolves did advance to the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament before falling late to the eventual tournament champions. The Red Wolves posted an 80-79 overtime victory on the road against Big XII power Kansas State, and that overtime win, coupled with three other extra-period victories during the season, boosted Boyer's overtime record to an impressive 11-1 in the regular season.
Boyer directed the Red Wolves to yet another winning season as he wrapped up his first decade as the program's head coach in 2008-09. The Red Wolves finished the season at 16-14, posting victories over post-season participants Creighton and Arkansas-Little Rock along the way.
Although the 2007-08 season was expected by many to be a rebuilding year, Boyer put forth what was arguably one of his finest coaching performances, molding a group of unheralded players into a team that produced yet another 20-win season at Arkansas State. Faced with the task of replacing three 1,000-point scorers, including the program's all time leading shot blocker and rebounder, along with the all-time assists leader, Boyer directed Arkansas State to a 20-12 record. ASU won a record 13 conference games during the 2007-08 season, and reached the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the 13th time in 16 tries. The Red Wolves finished the season with the distinction of being the only Division I program in the country with a winning record that did not have a single player who averaged double figure scoring.
Arkansas State posted victories over Brigham Young and Alabama early in the season, earning the win over the Crimson Tide on the road in Tuscaloosa. The Red Wolves finished 2007 with a 6-7 record, but went on a tear in the New Year, closing out the season with a 14-5 finish and a run to the semifinals of the SBC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
Like always, the 2007-08 team was especially tough at home, posting a 13-2 record at the ASU Convocation Center that included a 9-0 record against Sun Belt Conference opponents.
In the 2006-07 season the Red Wolves finished 21-13, advanced to the second round of the WNIT before falling to eventual tournament runner-up Wisconsin, and continued to build on their already-impressive home record with a 14-2 mark at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves posted home victories over NCAA Tournament participants Oklahoma State and Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Conference member Alabama, and WNIT participants South Dakota State and Murray State. In all, 14 of the Red Wolves' 34 games during the 2006-07 season were against teams that played in the NCAA or WNIT tournaments. The 2006-07 Red Wolves also reached the 10-victory milestone quicker than any other team in ASU history, picking up their 10th win of the season Jan. 3, 2007, and their 21-win total equaled the highest in Boyer's eight seasons.
Under Boyer's guidance, several individual records fell during the 2006-07 season as well. Seniors Adrianne Davie and Rudy Sims rewrote the Red Wolves record books, with Davie shattering the career blocked shots record with 132 and the career rebounding record with 1,147. Sims set a new mark in career assists with 548, and became the first ASU player in over a decade to record a triple-double when she scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists in a 65-58 overtime victory at Louisiana-Lafayette. Davie was named All-Sun Belt Conference for the fourth straight season, while Sims earned the honor for the third straight year. Senior Ali Carter became the 16th member of the career 1,000-point club.
During the 2005-06 season, the Red Wolves posted a 15-15 overall record against a schedule that included nine NCAA Tournament teams, and three that participated in the WNIT. The Tribe advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, and Davie earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors for the third straight season. Davie also joined the ASU 1,000-point club, along with Sims and senior Amber Abraham.
In the 2004-05 season, ASU put together a program-best 10-game Sun Belt Conference winning streak, part of an 11-game win streak that was the fourth longest in Red Wolves history. The Red Wolves finished the season 21-11 overall and in second place in the Sun Belt East Division at 11-3, giving Boyer his first 20-win season as head coach. The Tribe advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT Tournament, defeating SEC powers Mississippi State and Arkansas along the way. The second round victory over Arkansas was played in front of a Convocation Center record crowd of 10, 892. The team's success earned Boyer his second straight Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Award. Boyer joined former Red Wolves coach Jerry Ann Winters as the only two ASU women's basketball coaches to win back-to-back coach of the year honors. Davie, Sims and Carter all earned All-Sun Belt honors following the 2004-05 season, marking the first time in Red Wolves history that three players earned all-conference honors in a single season.
The 2003-04 season culminated with the program's first-ever regular season conference championship, and a return to the WNIT. The Red Wolves finished 19-10 overall and 10-4 in league play, earning a share of the Sun Belt East division title as they posted one of the top turnarounds in Division I, picking up seven more wins than the previous season. ASU's 19 victories that season were the most since the 1997-98 season, sparked in part by the best start in ASU women's basketball history - a seven game win streak to open the season. The strong start carried over into Sun Belt play as the Red Wolves held the top spot in the East division from start to finish. Davie earned honorable-mention all-conference honors as a true freshman, and Boyer was rewarded with his first conference Coach of the Year Award.
The 2002-03 season capped a pair of rebuilding years and resulted in a strong finish and a trip to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
In his first season as head coach of the Red Wolves, Boyer led ASU to its first-ever Top 25 national ranking, 18 victories, and a trip to the WNIT Tournament. The Red Wolves' 18 victories gave Boyer the most wins by a first-year coach at ASU since Sara Wooley won 19 games in her first season in 1979.
The Red Wolves opened the season by winning 10 of their first 11 games, including road wins over Southern Miss and nationally ranked Kansas, giving ASU a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll the following week. The Red Wolves finished the season at 18-12 overall, ending the year with the program's second straight invitation to the WNIT.
Boyer came to ASU in 1995 spending four seasons as an assistant for former head coach Jeff Mittie, who is now the head coach at TCU.
A graduate of Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Mo., with a bachelor's degree in education, Boyer was an assistant coach for the men's program for six seasons, including the last three, which he spent as an assistant with the women's program as well.
As an assistant to the men's team, Missouri Western was a NCAA Division II Tournament participant five years (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995) and won two conference championships. The team made the Sweet 16 in 1990. As a women's assistant, Boyer and Missouri Western made two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 1995 and the Elite Eight the previous season.
The team went 31-3 in 1995 and made it to the Final Eight of the national tournament. It also went undefeated through its MIAA schedule at 16-0. In 1994, the team finished third in the nation, losing in a national semifinal contest and finishing with a 29-3 overall mark.
In his four seasons at Arkansas State as an assistant coach, Boyer and the Red Wolves earned a 75-42 mark. The 1998-99 team went 18-14 with a trip to the Women's NIT.
In the process, ASU earned wins over nationally ranked Virginia and Kansas. The Red Wolves won 20 games in back-to-back seasons in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
The 1997 team opened the season with a victory over nationally ranked Illinois and had a 12-game winning streak during the season, the second longest in school history.
The 1998 squad knocked off nationally ranked Western Kentucky at the Convocation Center and came within four points of scoring an upset over national power Louisiana Tech at home as well.
In his first season at ASU, the Red Wolves won 17 games despite having just seven scholarship players.