Queens coach Pointer resigns

PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University Flying Queens basketball coach Johnna Pointer resigned Tuesday to "peruse other basketball related interests as I work to finalize my adoption."

"I have truly enjoyed my time here at Wayland and consider it an honor to have coached the Flying Queens," Pointer said in a written statement. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and support from Wayland and the Plainview community."

In seven years, Pointer compiled a record of 151 wins and 82 losses, taking the queens to the NAIA national tournament six times, including three trips to the NAIA quarterfinals in 97, 98 and 2003. The Queens finished with a 19-16 record last season, going 9-9 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Teams currently participating in the Sooner Athletic Conference have won the NAIA national championship nine of the last 10 years.

"Coach Pointer has built a solid program in what I believe to be the most competitive and demanding years since the program was initiated," said WBU Athletics Director Dr. Greg Feris. "She has never wavered in her commitment to uphold the high standards that former Flying Queen coaches Harley Redin, Dean Weese and others set in motion long ago."

Feris said Pointer's commitment not only to athletics, but also to academics, made her a valuable asset to the university.

"During her tenure, the team's graduation rates are among the highest of any of our intercollegiate programs since the recording of such statistics began," Feris said.

Pointer, a native of Shallowater who played collegiate basketball at the University of Texas, played professionally in Germany for a year then joined the UT coaching staff as an assistant before taking the head coaching position at Wayland in 1996. Her teams averaged 22 wins a season. She has coached 16 Flying Queens to All-Conference honors and eight to All-American status.

Feris said the search for Pointer's successor will begin immediately.