Wacker joins Missouri Western Women’s Basketball staff

Missouri Western head women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker announced the addition of Emily Wacker to the team’s staff as assistant coach.

“I wanted our assistant coach to be someone who has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and is passionate about basketball,” Whitaker said. “I wanted it to be a person that would love, serve and care for our student-athletes and lastly I wanted someone who had ties to the area. Emily Wacker is that person. Emily has impeccable character, love for the game, and is an excellent relationship builder. Her proven work ethic, drive to be successful and connection to the surrounding area will prove her to be an excellent recruiter. I look forward to our fans knowing Emily.”

A native of Saline, Kansas, Emily (Wood) Wacker was the director of basketball operations for the Omaha women’s basketball team last season. After walking on at Nebraska, she earned a full-ride scholarship by her sophomore season and went on to become a four-year letter winner and earned the team’s Husker Award two straight seasons.

“I am thrilled to join the Missouri Western Women’s Basketball program as an assistant coach,” Wacker said. “There is a great energy around Griffon Athletics and I’m excited to build on the rich tradition of this program as we compete in the one of the best Division II conferences in the country. I am truly grateful to Coach Whitaker and the administration for giving me this opportunity.”

At Nebraska, Wacker was a recipient of Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award two times and earned a prestigious Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Scholarship. She was a team captain for a team that posted the nation’s largest increase in wins from one season to the next and made the NCAA Tournament.

Wacker received her B.S. in Business Administration from Nebraska in 2017 and her Master’s in Business Administration from Nebraska in 2018.



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