McMurry University Athletics has looked to one of its own to become its next head women’s basketball coach, as Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson introduced Brittany Densman-Roes to guide the War Hawks’ program.
“We were blessed to have some very talented coaches interested in our position,” Ferguson said. “But Brittany brought that something ‘special’ to the table; she had that familiarity with our university and is steeped in the heritage of the program’s best years. She truly bleeds McMurry Maroon and is a proven winner.
“Likewise, she has a great background and understanding of the NCAA Division III philosophy and the mission of the school. She is already familiar with our prime recruiting areas and coaches, as well. I look forward to her putting her own stamp of success on the program and believe she is a great ‘fit’ for our athletics family.”
Densman-Roes is no stranger to the War Hawks’ faithful, spending a total of four seasons as an assistant coach for McM during what is arguably the program’s most successful span. Densman-Roes’ first three campaigns were under McM’s all-time winningest head coach, Sam Nichols. She also played two seasons for McMurry from 2002-04 under Nichols.
While Densman-Roes was an on McMurry’s staff, the team had a combined record of 94-22 (.810) and made three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III post-season (2005-08). The team made the American Southwest Conference championship game all four years, winning the title in 2005-06. That year McMurry also set a school record by opening the season with 18-consecutive victories.
As a player, Densman-Roes’ teams were 27-23 during her two seasons. As a senior in 2003-04, she was second on the team in both scoring (11.9 p.p.g.) and rebounds (6.1 r.p.g.). She also averaged 2.5 assists per game. She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
She was also a member of McMurry’s track team under legendary head coach Barbara Crousen, earning all-conference accolades.
Most recently, Densman-Roes has spent the past three years (2012-15) as a physical education teacher at Wylie High School, where she also assisted with both the girls basketball and track programs. From 2008-12, she was the head girls basketball coach at Baird High School (amassing a 74-51 record).
“I am thankful for the opportunity to be reunited with my McMurry family and extremely excited to be leading the women’s basketball program,” Densman-Roes said. “I want to thank everyone who had a hand in the hiring process from the search committee, to Sam Ferguson and Dr. Harper, to my past professors, advisors, and now colleagues.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to all the coaches who inspired, encouraged, guided, and instilled vital qualities of leadership in me. My goal is to make a difference at McMurry because McMurry made a difference in me. Finally, I am blessed to continue to do something that I love and honored to be a part of the War Hawks’ athletic program.
Densman-Roes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in multidisciplinary studies from McMurry in 2004. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Hardin-Simmons (2006).
Densman-Roes resides in Tuscola with her husband, Lee Roes. The couple has two children: Avery (4) and Cooper (2).Head Coach McMurry