Amy Wright is in her fourth season (2015-16) as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, working with Texas A&M’s point guards, in-bound plays and serving as recruiting coordinator.
During her first time at A&M, she helped the Aggies win the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship and reach the Elite Eight of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
In her 11-year coaching career, Wright has been a part of 10 postseason teams, six of which were NCAA Tournament teams, and has won four conference championships. Her teams have won 234 games, an average of 21.3 wins a year.
She has coached 10 first team all-conference selections, including Kelsey Bone (2012-13) and Courtney Walker (2013-14, 2014-15), who were named All-SEC at Texas A&M.
Wright has seen success at every stop of her coaching career, helping South Florida, Western Kentucky, Cleveland State and Arizona State to postseason appearances before coming to Aggieland. She was also a four-year letterwinner under Blair at Arkansas, and previously spent time at A&M as an academic assistant and a radio color analyst for road games.
Wright revamped Arizona State’s entire recruiting system to help sign one of its highest-ranked recruiting classes in just one season. Specializing in out-of-bounds plays, on-court work with guards, and opponent scouting reports, Wright was instrumental in the Sun Devils’ 20-win season and a WNIT berth in 2011-12.
While at Cleveland State from 2008-11, Wright helped guide the program to 59 wins, a conference championship and a pair of postseason berths. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, assisted with game preparation and player development, and spent her final year as CSU’s associate coach.
In 2010-11, Cleveland State posted its second-highest win total in school history (21), tied the school record for most Horizon League wins (12) and earned a regional top seed in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) where it would go on to earn its first-ever postseason win. One season earlier, the Vikings advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Horizon League Championship. In her first season at CSU, Wright helped develop the 2009 Horizon League’s Co-Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to her appointment at Cleveland State, Wright spent one season as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky. The Lady Toppers had a tremendous campaign, compiling a 28-8 record, winning the Sun Belt East Division, and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Wright began her coaching career at South Florida (2003-06). While at USF, she helped the Bulls amass 54 wins, including a 21-win campaign in 2004-05. During her tenure, USF made three trips to the postseason, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in 2006.
As a player, Wright started four seasons under Blair at Arkansas from 1999-2002. She is the only point guard in school history to lead the Lady Razorbacks to four straight postseason appearances, including the 1999 WNIT Championship and a berth in the WNIT semifinals in 2000.
Wright is Arkansas’ all-time leader in assists (717) and she set the school record for assists in a season as a senior (205). In her final two years, she led the Lady Razorbacks to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection as a sophomore (1999-00), Wright never missed a game, playing in a school-record 131 consecutive contests.
Following her collegiate career, Wright participated in the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp and was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2002.
A native of Williamsburg, Ind., and 1998 graduate of Northeastern High School, Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Arkansas in 2002. She completed her master’s degree in sports and administration from Ohio University in December 2012.
The Wright File
Hometown: Williamsburg, Ind.
Education: Arkansas (bachelor’s in marketing and management, 2002)
Ohio (master’s in sports and administration, 2012)
Wright’s Coaching Career
2012-Present: Texas A&M (Assistant Coach)
2011-12: Arizona State (Assistant Coach)
2010-11: Cleveland State (Associate Head Coach)
2008-10: Cleveland State (Assistant Coach)
2007-08: Western Kentucky (Assistant Coach)
2003-06: South Florida (Assistant Coach)
1999-02: Arkansas (Student-Athlete)
Wright By The Numbers
1 - NCAA Elite Eight Appearance (2014)
10 - First Team All-Conference Selections
10 - Postseason Appearances
234 - Coaching Wins