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Former FMU coach signs her book at Florence event

April 4, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Heather Macy, a former Francis Marion University women’s basketball coach, motivational speaker and author, held a book signing Wednesday at Top Hat Special-Teas, where she autographed copies of her book, “Two Feet Forward – Everyday Lessons in Leadership.”

Macy was the winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball, had nearly 250 career victories and was named Coach of the Year four times within three different conferences. Her first year as coach at FMU, she guided the women’s basketball team to a 21-9 record and was named Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year. Macy was a basketball coach at Francis Marion from 2007 to 2010 and coached for 18 years.

She was inducted into the Hall of Fame at her high school and college.

The Hamptonville, North Carolina, native is a highly requested speaker at Fortune 500 companies, civic and nonprofit organizations, camps and clinics. She is a 2000 cum laude graduate of Greensboro College in sport and exercise studies. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in human performance and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is one of only 300 coaches in the country to receive a certification in emotional intelligence (EQ).

Macy said she was doing a lot of public speaking when a professor suggested she write a book. The book, released Feb. 18, was the No. 1 new release on Amazon on the first release date, she said.

“Sales have been great,” Macy said.

In the making for about two years, “Two Feet Forward – Everyday Lessons in Leadership” is a book intended to help people be the “best version of themselves,” according to the book’s foreword. Forewords were written by Dr. Izzy Justice, Jeff Compher and Coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Macy said she wants people to take away from the book the ability to talk about failures and help other people learn from their mistakes.

It is about taking ownership and being a leader. There are examples of her successes and failures in the book.

“Leadership is ownership,” Macy said.

The book is available on Amazon.

“Writing a book is way more difficult than I could have imagined,” Macy said. “My anticipation was just one book.”

Proceeds from the sale of her book benefit her new nonprofit, Influence and Impacters Inc. The nonprofit organization’s mission statement is “to build, connect, empower and inspire all towards a successful, positive and a winner’s mindset.” And the concept is always about helping others reach their goals.

“With a donation to the nonprofit, you get an autographed copy,” she said.

To learn more about Influences and Impacters Inc. visit influenceandimpact.com.

On Wednesday night, Macy spoke at Central United Methodist Church.

Next week her book touring will take her to the Greenville area.