A healthy student-athlete and coach relationship is typically the recipe for success in collegiate athletics; and for Pacific University’s newly named women’s basketball head coach Alecia Wilson, this is a philosophy she believes in.
Wilson spent the previous four years as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. At Whitworth Wilson was involved in recruiting, management of offense, film and scouting and strength and conditioning.
After graduating from the University of Montana Western where she was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team, Wilson began her coaching career as an assistant at Calloll College in Helena, Montana. Being a part of all facets of the game, Pacific Athletic Director Ken Schumann felt Wilson was a perfect fit for the program.
“When I first had the opportunity to meet with Alecia everything just clicked,” Schumann said. “She had a great vision for what she wanted to accomplish for our women’s program and it really fit our vision for Pacific athletics.”
Although this will be her first opportunity as a head coach, Wilson is more than ready for the chance to take the reigns.
“I’m motivated and excited for the opportunity,” Wilson said. “College basketball is all about teaching kids to be the best versions of themselves and I believe that starts on the basketball court.”
Wilson said that she has straight forward coaching style and is hoping her players will be able to buy into that for the team to be successful.
“I demand a lot out of every person on the team but I want to build relationships with players but at the same time it is an intense coaching style,” Wilson said. “I want to be the one to hold them to the highest standard as well.”
As the women’s basketball program suffered a bit of a down year this past season going 5-19 overall and 4-12 in conference play, Wilson has big plans for the future and knows it starts with building relationships with players.
“Overall I have big hopes and dreams for this program and hopefully we are only looking up from here,” Wilson said. “My short term goals are recruiting right now and I want to build relationships with the kids we have now.”