Erika Lang-Montgomery: Faculty and Staff
Erika Lang-Montgomery’s fourth season at the helm of the Saints in 2012-13 proved to be her most successful yet, leading Flagler to 15 wins, the team’s most since 2007-08, and 11 home wins, including a nine-game unbeaten streak at Flagler Gymnasium spanning from Dec. 1 to Feb. 27. The 11 wins at home were the most since the 1999-2000 season. The Saints finished third in the Peach Belt Conference East Division with a 15-13 (10-9 PBC) record, their most conference wins since joining the PBC in 2009-10.
Lang-Montgomery was named as the 18th head coach of the women’s basketball program on July 2, 2009.
She recorded her first win at Flagler in her first game, vs. Ave Maria on Nov. 15, 2009.
Two tenets of Lang-Montgomery’s philosophy are giving back to the community and academic excellence. Last year, the team performed over 200 hours of community service and also posted a team grade point average of 3.14. Jen Knurek earned a spot on the Peach Belt’s All-Academic Team. Her teams have won the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award for four consecutive seasons (2010-13).
Under Lang-Montgomery, Williesha "Shorty" Spencer became Flagler's first all-Southeast Region and all-Peach Belt Conference player after the 2012-13 season.
Lang-Montgomery brings 14 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to Flagler. She has served on the staffs of Purdue University (1995-96), Florida State University (1996-97), the University of Southern California (1997-2000), Wichita State University (2003-08) and most recently, the University of North Texas (2008-09).
At North Texas, she served as the recruiting coordinator for the Mean Green and head coach Shanice Stephens. In her stint at UNT, the Mean Green posted an 11-20 record and a 6-12 mark in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division. Lang-Montgomery helped coach first-team all-conference selection, Amber Jackson.
Prior to North Texas, she was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wichita State for Head Coach Jane Albright, whom she also served as an assistant for at Wisconsin. Lang-Montgomery recruited two players who earned Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team honors, including 2005 MVC Freshman of the Year, Kiki Stephens. She helped develop the conference’s leading rebounder, Antionette Wells, in 2005 and 2006 as well as having several players earn all-conference and all-defensive team accolades.
At Wisconsin, she helped develop players into all-Big Ten Conference selections. Lang-Montgomery was active in recruiting players in the upper Midwest and in South Carolina.
In her stint at USC, she was able to land back-to-back nationally ranked recruiting classes.
Lang-Montgomery graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences with a specialization in sports administration. She was a four-year letter winner for the Gators and was selected to the 1989 All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team. Lang-Montgomery ranks in the top 20 in three different career categories at Florida – rebounds (647), free throws attempted (359) and blocked shots (45). She led the Gators in field goals made as a junior, field goal percentage as a sophomore and blocked shots as a freshman.
A native of Jacksonville, Lang-Montgomery graduated from nearby Bishop Kenny High School in 1988. She averaged 16.9 points 13.8 rebounds per game as a senior for Head Coach Brian Whitmire. Lang-Montgomery earned first-team All-City and second-team All-State honors as a senior.
Lang-Montgomery is married to Larry Montgomery and the couple has two sons, Jaden (11) and Justin (8).