Head Basketball Coach
1st Year at Converse
Beth Couture, an NCAA Division I women's basketball coach standout, will be the next basketball coach for the Converse College Valkyries.
Butler University's all-time winningest women's basketball coach, who holds the same record for Presbyterian College, will return to her native South Carolina to begin duties at Converse on Sept. 2. Couture led the transition of Butler's team from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10 Conference, and then again to the Big East Conference where she finished 6th out of 10 teams and earned a bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) her first year. During her ten years in the Horizon League, she increased Butler's wins every year and led the team to two championship games. In all at Butler, she earned five bids to the WNIT. Butler presented her with the Woman of Distinction Award in 2010.
"My priority in this search was recruiting someone with a history of building a winning program," said Athletic Director Joy Couch. "This is an ideal time for Beth Couture to join our team, as we ride the momentum of opening a new field house this fall, of gaining national recognition for some of our programs, and of having doubled our number of sports and quadrupled our number of student-athletes over the last decade. I am confident Couture is the right person to build success for our basketball program."
Couture comes to Spartanburg after a twelve-year career at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. and thirteen-year career at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. At Presbyterian College, she led the women's basketball team to six NCAA Post Season Tournaments, four South Atlantic Conference tournament titles, and three South Atlantic Conference regular season titles.
"My interest in Converse started with the opportunity to work for and with Joy," Couture said. "I have admired her and her accomplishments for many years. When I visited campus and saw the passion everyone has for the college and the women's basketball program, it was amazing. I also am very impressed with President Fleming's vision and leadership."
Couture earned her bachelor's degree from Erskine College, where she was named Kodak All-American, and completed her master's degree in physical education from Furman University. She sees her South Carolina roots as a benefit to building her Converse team. "Recruiting is all about relationships and I look forward to renewing old relationships and building many new ones," she said.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Kelsi Pack, a native of Mandeville, LA, is going into her first season as assistant coach. Pack graduated from Wofford College in 2008 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Secondary Education. She played basketball throughout her college career, and holds numerous records including a 300 point season in 2006-2007 that earned her preseason All-Conference slot. Pack began her coaching career as an assistant at Chapman High School in 2008 and was soon after promoted to head. At the helm of the girls basketball program, she led Chapman to three playoff appearances in her four year tenure, including one collegiate athlete signee. Pack and her husband, Will, are proud foster and foreign exchange parents and currently live in the Spartanburg area.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Temple Elmore spent last season at the helm of Jeddah United of Saudi Arabia. Prior to her overseas coaching, Elmore spent five seasons as the Associate Head Coach at the College of Charleston. Elmore, a native of Laurens ,SC, came to the College of Charleston after serving two seasons at Birmingham Southern as an assistant. Primarily working with post players, she aided in recruiting efforts, scouting reports and directed Birmingham Southern’s strength and conditioning program. As a student –athlete at the College of Charleston, she was named NAIA First Team All-American and First Team Kodak All-American. A former All-District member from 1983-85, Elmore still ranks sixth all-time in career points with 1,599 and is a member of the 35-point club, scoring 35 against Claflin University in 1983. During her junior season, she led the Cougars in scoring, rebounding, field goal and free throw percentage. Elmore played her prep ball at Laurens High School where she was a two-time All-State MVP and three-time All-Region selection. Today, Elmore is honored as a member of the College of Charleston’s Basketball Hall of Fame and has played internationally in 12 countries.