WALWORTH, Wis.—Reagan Courier is joining a juggernaut.
The Big Foot star announced her intention to attend Drury University, a school that features one of the top NCAA Division II women’s basketball programs in the country.
Last season, Drury was rolling through its competition to the tune of a 32-0 record and on the precipice of a national championship when the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the proceedings.
After the season, coach Molly Miller accepted the head coaching position at Division I program Grand Canyon University, and new coach Amy Eagen impressed Courier.
“I Facetimed with the coach and I just loved her,” Courier said. “She was an assistant coach last year, and knows the program really well.”
Up until a few months ago, Drury was just another school to Courier, the last in a long line of Courier success stories at Big Foot.
“It was really kind of random,” Courier said. “They contacted me, and I had never heard of the school. But the more I looked into it and saw that their record was amazing, the more excited I got.”
Before committing last week, Courier had to see the place for herself. Although she couldn’t meet face-to-face with any coaches, her and her parents did receive a guided tour from an admissions representative at the school in Springfield, Missouri.
“That was really important,” Courier said. “Without that tour and being able to get into some of the buildings, I wouldn’t have really been able to get a feel for what it was like.”
From a basketball standpoint, Courier is excited to contribute to one of the country’s premier programs.
“I wanted to go somewhere where I could make a difference in winning,” Courier said. “And I felt like this was the best place for me, somewhere that winning was the most important thing.”
Courier certainly made a significant difference on the court in her prep days with the Chiefs. She helped lead her squad to a regional title in her sophomore year, and led the Rock Valley Conference in scoring her junior season at over 17 points per game.
She battled through a painful foot injury her senior season to once again earn all-area honors in the Beloit Daily News’ annual squad.
She was also preparing for another standout track season when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While she’s disappointed she wasn’t able to compete, Courier said it pales in comparison to the social implications.
“Missing out on prom and graduation is really hard on everybody,” Courier said. “I went this morning and picked up all my stuff that was left at school, and that was really hard. I’m just hoping I can see all my friends before I leave for school.”
That departure date, like so many things now, is up in the air. After initially telling Courier she could report for duty on June 5, the school postponed any student arrival until July 5. Of course, that could change, too.
Once she arrives on campus and starts working out with the team, she’s hoping to make an immediate impact.
“They see me having a similar role to what I played here,” Courier said. “Playing shooting guard is where I’m most comfortable. They are going to have six seniors playing next year, so there’s definitely going to be some spots to fill after they graduate, but they think I can fit in right away>’
Courier followed in the footsteps of older sisters Jordyn, Morgan and Payton, all of whom were college athletes. Brother AJ had a solid prep career as well.
“That’s what I grew up wanting to do,” Courier said. “Be just like my older siblings. I wanted to do everything they did.”
She’s planning on following the family lineage in another way also: She’s planning on being a pre-med major.
“My mom is a doctor and Morgan and Payton are doing pre-med and really like it,” Courier said. “I’m not sure what area exactly I’m going to go into, but I definitely want to get into that field.”