Seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity looks to inspire young squad.
Army head coach Dave Magarity announced the addition of Emily Garner as an assistant coach to the women's basketball staff on June 21, 2012. Garner spent the previous two seasons with the Long Island University women's basketball program following a four-year playing career at Army's Patriot League foe Lafayette.
"Emily was a freshman during my first year at West Point," said Magarity at the time of her appointment. "I remember her being one of the best rookies in the league and went on to have a really solid career. She was a terrific player and really hard worker, qualities which have carried through to her coaching career.
"Everyone I spoke to, from her high school coach in Virginia, to the Athletic Director at Lafayette, to her fellow staff members at LIU, was tremendously complimentary of her abilities and attitude," continued Magarity. "As a player and a coach, she's always exhibited a lot of class. She's a great addition to the Army women's basketball family."
In her second season mentoring the Army post players in 2013-14, Garner helped the Black Knights win their second Patriot League championship and second NCAA Tournament berth as a Division I program. The Black Knights totaled 38.0 rebounds per game, while Army's 5.2 rebounding margin was tops in the Patriot League. Freshman forward Danielle Failor was named to the conference's All-Rookie Team after averaging 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds while appearing in all 33 games.
In her first season behind the Army bench, Garner guided forward Aimee Oertner to a unanimous All-Rookie Team selection after the standout post player notched 81 rejections during her freshman campaign.
Prior to coming to West Point, Garner spent the previous two seasons with the Blackbirds, serving as an assistant coach (2010-11) and director of basketball operations (2011-12). During that time, LIU averaged 20 wins per season while earning consecutive berths to the Northeast Conference Championship.
For Army, the Virginia native's responsibilities include monitoring the team's academic progress while also serving as the point of contact for marketing initiatives and community outreach and relations projects. Her recruiting efforts will focus on her home region of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
"I'm very excited and honored to be working at such an amazing and prolific institution," said Garner. "I'm eager to work with the cadet-athletes and to be back in the Patriot League. As someone who played in the conference, I'm very familiar with the high level of respect Army's competitors have for the commitment the cadet-athletes make. To have the opportunity to be a part of that is really special."
Garner began her coaching career at her alma mater, Robinson Secondary High School in Fairfax, Va. She was an assistant coach for the Rams, while serving the same role for the Potomac Valley Tarheels AAU squad.
Garner was a four-year member of the Lafayette women's basketball team, playing in 108 career games. She led the Leopards in rebounding for two seasons while also garnering a pair Patriot League Academic Honor Roll citations.
Garner, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in economics and business in 2009, remains on Lafayette's all-time top-10 lists for career rebounds, free-throws made and free-throws attempted, as well as single-season marks for rebounds and free-throw attempts.