You might recognize the woman sitting on the bench of the Seattle University men’s basketball team these days.
That’s because the past two years Courtney Ekmark was one of the Pac-12’s top three-point shooters at Arizona State after being part of two national title teams at Connecticut.
But what you probably don’t know is that while Ekmark was finishing her senior season at Arizona State, she also was finishing her second year of law school. She will finish that degree this spring, but she doesn’t plan to be a lawyer.
She wants to be a coach, and that’s the reason you see her at Seattle U, listening and learning from coach Jim Hayford, who Ekmark has known for many years.
“I’m trying to help out as much as I can, just by bringing energy, and I’ll rebound for the guys whenever they need it,” said Ekmark, who joined the program a couple of weeks ago as a graduate assistant.
The path to Seattle started with a November call to Hayford. Ekmark was playing professionally in Switzerland and taking online classes. But she had reached her limit of online credits with ASU and needed to finish her degree in the United States.
“He said I could come be a GA (graduate assistant),” she said.
At the same time, she is finishing her law degree from ASU as a visiting student at Seattle U.But her passion is basketball. Her goal is to coach a women’s college basketball team, but she thinks the chance to help with a men’s team will help her.“It something different, men’s college basketball,” she said. “I feel like I have a pretty clear understanding of how women’s college basketball works. You can learn something from the men’s side and the women’s side and this gives me a chance to add more (knowledge.)”Ekmark is a very eager student of the game.“Jim is a great coach, and just the opportunity to learn from him is a reason why I wanted to be on the men’s side for a semester,” she said. “I’ve always followed his teams throughout the years and they always have a great offensive […]