Britt may be coming home to Lady Pirates

June 26, 2013


Emily Britt played on some great Granbury Lady Pirate basketball teams in the late 1990s.

As a coach, she won a state championship last season at North Central Texas Academy.

And soon, she may be combining her coaching success with her love of Lady Pirate basketball.

Britt is expected to be officially hired at the next meeting of the Granbury School Board on July 15.

Britt spent last season as the head coach at NCTA. It was her first season ever as a head coach, and it was certainly a memorable one.

The Lady Pioneers won a third consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A state championship.

“I love it here, but I played for her, and it’s a great opportunity for me,” said Britt of NCTA and Lady Pirate coach Leta Andrews.

“I’ll always be a Lady Pirate. I’m excited. I have some great memories in the James Wann Sports Center (where the Lady Pirates play).

“I think I can be a good asset.”

Britt was previously an assistant coach at Tolar before taking over the reins at North Central Texas. She kept the program in its powerhouse mode.

“It was a great year, and this is a wonderful place,” she said.

“I will never forget the memories we made together this year, or how wonderful the girls were that I coached.”

Andrews said she can’t wait to be reunited with Britt, who was MVP of district while playing alongside Jia Perkins, now in the WNBA.

“I am elated,” said Andrews. “I am bouncing off the wall.

“It wasn’t hard to make that offer. She has the same passion I have.”

Granbury Athletic Director Dwight Butler said that while Britt’s official hiring is yet to happen, “She’s at the top of our list, for sure.”

Britt, a 1999 GHS graduate, played for the University of Oklahoma for two seasons before finishing her college playing career at the University of North Texas. She helped the Sooners to back-to-back Sweet-16 appearances.

Britt would be the second assistant coach hired for Andrews’ program this summer, joining former Mineral Wells head coach Ed Shellstead.

Shellstead has a 6-foot daughter, Kennedy, who will be a junior. Former Aledo player Bryce Frank, 6-2 and a junior, is also expected to join the team this coming season.

“This offseason has gone very well,” said Andrews. “We made some tremendous additions.”

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