Head Coach Spotlight
Alex Ivansheck is in her fourth season at the United States Coast Guard Academy after being named the head coach in June of 2012. In her first season she led the Bears back to the NEWMAC tournament for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Last year, she led the Bears to their second straight 19 win season as the team finished 19-8 overall and 12-4 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) advancing to the conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 2008. The team also won a school-record 12 straight games last year and she was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
She has increased the team's win total in each of her first two seasons at the helm posting 10 in 2012-13 and 19 in the last two seasons and enters this season with a career mark of 48-30. The 12 NEWMAC victories posted last year were the most in school history.
Ivansheck spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Ithaca College where she helped the Bombers post a 116-50 record, including a 81-11 mark in Empire 8 games. Ithaca made three NCAA playoff appearances, won four conference regular-season titles and two postseason tournament championships and recorded the league's first 16-0 record ever in any sport during her time there.
She is no stranger to Southeastern Connecticut, growing up in Salem and graduating from Norwich Free Academy in 2000. While at NFA, she played for legendary coach Bill Scarlata and won a pair of Class LL state championships while the team qualified for the ECC and state championship in each of her four seasons on the basketball team. Ivansheck was also a four-year member of the cross country team that participated in both the state and New England Championships for four consecutive seasons.
Prior to arriving at Ithaca, Ivansheck spent the 2005-06 season with the women's basketball staff at William Smith, where she helped the Herons to a second round of the NCAA playoffs. William Smith finished 22-8 and won the Liberty League's regular-season and championship tournament titles.
Ivansheck played at Ithaca from 2000 to 2005 (an injury sidelined her for all but five games of her senior season; she received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA and played a fifth season while pursuing a master's degree). A point guard, she helped the Bombers to a record of 109-28 during her career, with NCAA playoff berths each season. Ithaca won Empire 8 titles in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. In her career, Ivansheck scored 567 points and pulled down 309 rebounds. Her career totals of 333 assists and 253 steals are both fourth on the program's all-time lists (she was third in both categories after finishing her career). She received honorable mention to the Empire 8 all-star team in 2002 and 2005.
She interned with the Women's Sport Foundation as an undergraduate at Ithaca. Ivansheck earned her bachelor's degree in sport management, with a minor in coaching, in 2004 and received a master's degree in business administration in 2005 at Ithaca. Ivansheck also serves as an instructor in the Academy's Health and Physical Education program.