|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Trudi Lacey comes to Johnson & Wales having already established a distinguished career as a player, coach, and general manager at the collegiate and professional levels.
A former standout for North Carolina State University, Lacey played for the late Hall of Fame Coach, Kay Yow, and was the first African-American woman to earn a full four year basketball scholarship in school history. She was an All-American, four-time ALL-ACC player, and was named to the ACC All-Legend team in 2007.
Lacey went on to earn a Master's Degree in Sports Management as a graduate assistant at her alma mater before going on to coach Division I women’s basketball at Francis Marion University, University of South Florida, and the University of Maryland.
She eventually made a move to the WNBA serving both as an assistant and head coach of the Charlotte Sting. Lacey would return to the college ranks for two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte before returning to the WNBA to become the coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics.
In addition, Lacey served as the Assistant Director for USA Women's Basketball from 1997-2001, helping Team USA earn gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Lacey is a certified professional coach, speaker, publisher, and author. She is a resident of Charlotte.