John Motherwell | Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Michigan '95
Office Phone: 474-2589
John Motherwell joined the West Florida women's basketball coaching staff, along with newly-hired head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton, in 2012.
Motherwell, who has already crafted a fine resume as the lead assistant at numerous NCAA Division I and Division II schools in the Midwest, receives his first right-hand women's basketball assignment in the south at UWF. His most recent assignment in the collegiate ranks was at the University of North Dakota during the 2010-11 season. He was responsible for recruiting top-tier players to the Fighting Sioux while helping the squad to an appearance in the Great West Conference Tournament championship game.
In his only other Division I posting, he was the head assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2005-10. During his five-year stint with the Panthers, Motherwell shined both on the recruiting trail and in the coaching arena. He snared recruits from a six-state area that included the 2005 Minnesota AAU Player of the Year and the top point guard in the state of Michigan as named by two agencies in 2006. In his first season in Milwaukee, he helped lead the Panthers to a Horizon League championship and a school-record 22 wins.
From 2000-05, he helped develop Minnesota State University Moorhead into a first-class program not just in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, but in the national scheme as well. Under the tutelage of Motherwell, the Dragons led NCAA Division II in rebounding margin twice, set a new school record for wins (24), claimed an NSIC championship, received the first national ranking in school history and made their way to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history. Motherwell also developed a highly successful recruiting and scouting system and parlayed that into more all-conference selections during his tenure than any other NSIC institution could muster. His recruits helped establish a new level of success in Moorhead, competing in three NCAA Division II Tournaments for the Dragons.
Motherwell spent one year each at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and at Division III St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., before his tenure at MSU Moorhead.
From 1988-92, Motherwell attended the Eastern Michigan University, where he lettered as wide receiver for the Eagles' football team. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995, and coached basketball, football and tennis at numerous high schools throughout Michigan.
He and his wife, Sherri, have two children - Annie (3) and Joe (2).