Staff
Head Coach/Camp Director
Mike Mincey

Mike Mincey begins his eighth season as the head coach of the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles in 2018-19. The Volunteer State native is the fourth head coach in the 41 years of the program.

In 2017-18, the mentor led one of the best seasons in the history of the school as he took home SAC Coach of the Year and WBCA Region 3 Coach of the Year honors. He became the third coach in the history of the school to win the conference's top coaching honor. Dean Walsh shared the accolade with Wingate's Johnny Jacumin in 2004-05 and Eddie Carter won five times (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95 and 1997-98).

The team finished the season ranked fifth in the country in the WBCA Coaches' Poll, the highest final ranking in the history of South Atlantic Conference schools. It completed a campaign in which the Lady Eagles were ranked in every single poll released by the organization starting on Nov. 21, 2017, a string of 16 straight weeks. The program reached as high as No. 3 nationally doing so for three straight weeks from Feb. 6-20, 2018. It was the best slot a SAC team had ever been during a season.

His team spent the final 14 weeks inside of the top 10 in America and nine as a top-five team in the poll. Since the SAC formed in 1989-90, no team had spent double-digit weeks in the top 10 as other schools have combined for 33 weeks in the top 10 in the history of the poll. Presbyterian in 1999-00 spent nine weeks amongst the 10 best teams in the country. Prior to 2017-18, teams from the league had spent a total of seven weeks in the coaches poll ranked in the top five as Presbyterian was in it for five weeks in 1999-00. No other school had finished a season ranked in the top five. Wingate's No. 7 ranking in 1993-94 was the prior best mark to conclude a campaign.

Carson-Newman went to the program's first Elite Eight after capturing its first SAC regular season crown in 21 years, its second SAC Tournament title and first-ever Southeast Region Championship. The Lady Eagles matched a school record with 32 wins on the year setting the SAC record in that category by four games. Other records that C-N now holds among SAC schools is most points in a year (3,180), points per game (90.9) and assists (702). Mincey's unit produced 11 games with at least 100 points after the school had registered 11 such games combined over the previous 27 seasons. Overall, the 2017-18 squad set 12 school records during the season.

Juniors Haris Price (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) and Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) were named WBCA All-Americans marking the first time in school's Division II era that teammates were named to the top teams in the nation. Only one player in that stretch had been one when Shari Buford was a third-team pick in 2009-10. Overall Price and Wester were the ninth and 10th players to earn the honors in the history of the program.

In 1996-97 he was the head boys’ basketball and baseball coach at Conway Christian School in Conway, S.C., where he was named Coach of the Year in both sports by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools. Mincey led his baseball team to a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

From 2001-04 Mincey was an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University. He served as recruiting coordinator during his final season with the Lady Buccaneers. While at ETSU, he coached one Southern Conference Player of the Year, two players who played overseas, three All-Conference players and two All-Freshman team members. In 2004 he was part of the staff that guided ETSU to 13 Southern Conference victories, which were the most in school history.

A 1996 graduate of King College in Bristol, Tenn., Mincey had a successful playing career while at King. He currently ranks in the top five in several career, single season and single game records. He scored 1,285 points and dished out 406 assists. His assist total is good enough for third best in King history. He also made 328 free throws during his career, which ranks first all-time. For his efforts both on and off the court, he was named King College Male Athlete of the Year in 1996.

Mincey, his wife Shannon and their two children, Cami (15) and Cy (13), reside in Jefferson City, Tenn. and attend First Baptist of Dandridge.

Assistant Coach
Tatum Burstrom

Tatum Burstrom is in her second season as Mike Mincey's lead assistant coach for the Lady Eagles.

"I've been fortunate to have two former Lady Eagles help me run this program over my first 5 years and I'm delighted to add another," Mincey said. "Tatum decided to come play for me with no head coaching experience and trusted me with her four years of college. I felt like she could be an accelerant for our program as a player and I trust she can do the same as a coach.

"She will be able to help the players in so many facets of college life and will also be able to give future student-athletes a true insight as to what it takes to be successful on and off the floor at C-N. She can already evaluate talent and even though not a coach at the time, I've had many conversations about strategy and have always impressed with her basketball IQ."

In her two years on the bench, the Lady Eagles are 52-13 as 2017-18 brought home a regular season and tournament title in the SAC, a NCAA Southeast Region title and an Elite Eight appearance, the first in the history of the school.

The team spent the final 14 weeks inside of the top 10 in America and nine as a top-five team in the poll finishing the season ranked fifth in the WBCA poll - the highest ever for a SAC program. Since the SAC formed in 1989-90, no team had spent double-digit weeks in the top 10 as other schools have combined for 33 weeks in the top 10 in the history of the poll. Presbyterian in 1999-00 spent nine weeks amongst the 10 best teams in the country.

The Lady Eagles matched a school record with 32 wins on the year setting the SAC record in that category by four games. Other records that C-N now holds among SAC schools is most points in a year (3,180), points per game (90.9) and assists (702).

Burstrom became the 17th Lady Eagle to score at least 1,000 points in her career doing so against North Georgia on Dec. 3. She also became the all-time leader in made three-pointers at Queens (N.C.) on Dec. 12.

Burstrom wrapped up her career fourth in SAC history with 254 made three-pointers. The program's leader in made triples concludes her four years with 1,234 points, good for ninth in C-N history. The Maryville, Tenn. native scored in double figures 64 times in her four seasons while leading the team in scoring in 30 games. She made at least three three-pointers on 43 occasions.

She was just the fifth player in program history to earn postseason plaudits from the league in three seasons after being placed on the All-Freshman Team in 2012-13, an honorable mention All-SAC pick in 2014-15 and being placed on the second-team All-SAC in 2015-16 to cap her career.

Despite missing six games following a broken hand, she finished fifth in the league with 63 made triples, sixth with a 34.4 percent three-point percentage and ninth in the conference in scoring by averaging 13.8 points per game.

Along with teammate Jai Jai McLaughlin, Burstrom is considered to be the first recruit that Mincey signed once he became the head coach as he worked toward bringing in local products.

"I've wanted to be a coach since I got to college," Burstrom said. "This place has been so special for me over the last four years, and seeing the growth of this program from the beginning of my freshmen year to now is something I will always be proud to be a part of. I am excited to give back to Coach Mincey and the University that gave me so many opportunities.

"I got to see it and hear it from the coaches perspective," Burstrom said. "That really became a positive for me because i was able to see the game in a different way."

In high school, Burstrom was a three-sport star at William Blount High School scoring over 1,000 points on the hardwood. Her father, David, played football at West Alabama and mother, Stephanie played college volleyball while both of her brothers played college baseball.

Senior PG
Haris Price

2017-18 (Junior): Named a first-team All-American by the WBCA, the first for the school since the 1986 season when C-N was a part of the NAIA… Joined Brooke Johnson in 2004-05 and Leah Jackson in 1992-93 as the only three players in the history of the program to win a SAC Player of the Year honor… First-team All-SAC pick, a member of the SAC All-Tournament Team, an All-Southeast Region selection and a member of the NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament Team… Tabbed the SAC Player of the Week three times this season, the first time a C-N player has achieved that… Ranked third in the conference in scoring average at 17.5. Her 90 steals topped the league and were 14th in the country… Third in the conference and 39th in the nation with 4.7 assists per game, second in three-pointers made with 66, fourth in free-throw percentage at 83 and fifth in field-goal percentage at 50 percent. The guard scored in double figures in 31 outings on the season including 12 with 20 or more. She had 30 games with at least three assists, 16 with three or more steals and 12 with at least a trio of triples.

2016-17 (Sophomore): Made 25 starts and averaged 21.6 minutes per night scoring 223 total points…Her 56 steals and 1.93 average ranked fourth in the SAC leading the team in pilfers 16 times…Finished second on the team in assists handing out seven against King on Nov. 16…Registered seven double figure scoring outings while scoring a season-high 22 points in the SAC Quarterfinals going 7-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from beyond the arc…Posted a career-high seven steals against Brevard on Feb. 22…Grabbed a career best eight rebounds in the season opener against USC Aiken on Nov. 11.

2015-16 at Lee (Freshman): Named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year in her one season with the Flames after averaging 10.6 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game and 2.4 rebounds per night in 29.2 minutes of action...One of the highlights of her season came on Feb. 20 when she hit the game-winning lay-up as time expired to down Delta State 54-53...Price's season-high point total came on Dec. 12 when she scored 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting against West Florida...Overall, Price scored in double figures 15 times in 30 contests...On Dec. 19, she dished out a season-high 10 assists against Alabama Huntsville. Price finished the season ranked fifth in the league in assists average while finishing 18th in points per game.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-PrepXtra selection and the District 3-AA MVP as a senior averaging 18.6 points per game, 7.9 assists per night, 6.1 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game helping her group advance to the Class AA state sectional...As a junior, posted 16.5 points per night, 5.6 assists per game and 3.2 steals per contest.