Head Coach - 18th Season
Head Coach Tracee Fairbanks became the Tigers head women's basketball coach in 1999. A 1996 Doane graduate, she currently serves as an assistant professor of mathematics at Doane and academic advisor. She was a guard and captain for the Tigers when they made their first appearance in the Final Four at the NAIA national tournament and the first Doane team to be ranked No. 1 in the nation. She earned a Masters of Education degree from Doane College in 1998.
During Fairbanks' tenure, Doane has had eight All-American, 33 Scholar-Athletes (1999-2012), including four in 2003 and 2008 which are the most in Tiger women's basketball history, and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 2005 and 2006. The Tigers, as a whole, have also excelled in academic, placing 2nd in the nation with a cumulative GPA of 3.64 in the 2001-02 season and 6th in 2002-03.
Coach Fairbanks believes strongly in, and aims to live by the words she once heard from a motivational speaker, "Someday everything that you have (own) will someday be someone else's, but what you are, is yours." Her philosophy in basketball coincides with those words: the teaching and delivery of basketball fundamentals by coaches, and the desire to learn and work toward acquiring sound fundamentals by athletes are part of the person. The efforts one puts in, transpires into the end result: hard work, a passion to win while understanding that losing isn't fatal and the ability to respect one another are the intangibles that are bound to a person and no one can take that away without that person's permission.
Coach Fairbanks and the Doane women's basketball team is centered around five core values that serve as the foundation of the program's success and tradition. The five core values are COMMUNICATION, DISCIPLINE, INTEGRITY, LOVE & RESPECT, AND COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE. Throughout every season, the focus of the team on and off the court revolve around the core values. Embracing these values aids in Coach Fairbanks' student-athletes sustain a goal-oriented, hard-working, team mindset and efforts.
Coach Fairbanks is also well known for using quotes. Two of her more popular quotes that hang in her office are: "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson & "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz
Family is a priority in Coach Fairbanks' life; both her basketball team family and her own family which includes her husband, Jeremy; daughters, Brynna and Gracey, and son, Brysen. In her "spare" time, she enjoys reading, sports activities and the occasional shopping.