AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Augusta University men’s basketball coach Dip Metress has dedicated his professional life to the game of basketball. So it’s no surprise that his daughter Elizabeth shares the same love for the game. Today, she will begin her professional career as director of women’s basketball operations at Coastal Carolina University under new head coach Kevin Pederson.
Metress arrived in Conway, South Carolina after five years working with the Georgia Bulldogs women’s basketball program as a student manager and graduate assistant coach. He began his career as a student manager in 2017 to 2020 when he was promoted to a graduate assistant coach.
He spent many summers working at his father’s basketball camp at Augusta University and enjoyed a successful playing career at Grovetown High School. Dip Metress, who just finished his 18th season in charge of the Jaguars, remembers being brought up in his first game when he was just four weeks old.
“He’s a class in the whole basketball world,” Dip said. “He’s always wanted to pursue this desire to teach basketball, despite my arguments sometimes not to do so. But he was definitely chasing the thing he loved. And teaching is very difficult, because you never know when your opportunity will come.
Dip laughed when he told Elizabeth to officially leave the house this Monday. But before that, there are a few passing ceremonies left to be enjoyed in Athens, Georgia. “He graduated on Thursday, and will walk across the stage at the Stegeman Coliseum on Friday,” Dip added. “He has already started working in Myrtle Beach. It was an incredible opportunity for the 23-year-old to be on staff with a new coach and a good, growing university.
Elizabeth Metress holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education and a minor in sport management along with a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia.
Dip Metress will hold its annual kids basketball camp at Augusta University from June 20-24.