She was associate head coach at Georgia Tech in 2012-13 and served as an assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets from 2004-09. In between stints on the Atlanta campus, she compiled a 54-41 record as the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles' head coach. Messer was named the 2010-11 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year after the Golden Eagles won the 2011 OVC regular season title. She also has coached at Memphis and Arkansas State.
The Waldo, Ark., native was a standout player for the Arkansas Razorbacks where she finished her career ranked in the top 10 in points scored (No. 7, 1,370) and rebounds (No. 10, 603). Messer was named the 1998 NCAA Tournament West Regional MVP when the Razorbacks made their run to the Women's Final Four and led Arkansas to the 1999 WNIT championship.