ATLANTA – University of Alaska Anchorage associate head coach Shaina Afoa was honored Wednesday as a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s second annual Thirty Under 30 list, recognizing her as one of the top up-and-coming coaches at all levels of college basketball.

One of just seven NCAA Div. II coaches to earn the prestigious honor this year, Afoa has been with head coach Ryan McCarthy’s staff for the past five seasons, helping build a program that has gone 133-26 during their tenure, including a DII-best 97-7 record over the last three campaigns.

A graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School and a former three-sport athlete at Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Central Washington, Afoa has also been a part of UAA’s three straight GNAC regular-season and tournament titles, along with a trip to the 2016 National Title Game.

“Shaina excels at her role in every facet of her job, and she’s extraordinarily deserving of this honor,” McCarthy said. “Whether it’s bench coaching, skill development, recruiting or overseeing academics, I know our program can rely on her. We would certainly not have had the success we’ve accomplished without Shaina’s contributions.”

Afoa gives the Seawolves a Thirty Under 30 honoree for the second consecutive season, joining assistant coach Alysa Horn, who made the inaugural list.

2017 WBCA Thirty Under 30 Honorees
Name, Position, Institution
Shaina Afoa, associate head coach, Alaska Anchorage
Courtney Boyd, associate head coach, Wisconsin Parkside
DeAudra Brown, assistant coach, Seward County Community College
Chelsea Carlisle, associate head coach, UC San Diego
Jessica Cavaco, assistant coach, Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham
Brittany Christian, assistant coach, Northwest Kansas Technical College
Lauren DeFalco, assistant coach, Seton Hall
Kathryn DeWitt, head coach, Dordt
Erin Dickerson, associate head coach, Towson
Megan Dzikas, assistant coach, Saint Leo
Alexandria Fuller Simmons, assistant coach, Mississippi
Danielle Gratton, assistant coach, Missouri-Kansas City
Shaun Gunnell, assistant coach, Rio Grande
Hana Haden, head, coach, Harris-Stowe State
Neil Harrow, assistant coach, Troy
Cody Hartzler, assistant coach, Baldwin Wallace
Aaron Horn, assistant coach, South Dakota
Jacie Hoyt, assistant coach, Kansas State
Olivia Lett, assistant coach, Chicago
Amanda Patton, assistant coach, West Florida
April Phillips, associate head coach, Loyola Marymount
Kris Seigenthaler, assistant coach, Auburn-Montgomery
Kyley Simmons, assistant coach, Sioux Falls
MaryLynn Skarzenski, head coach, Mitchell
Kylene Spiegel, head coach, Lawrence Tech
Kimberly Stephens, head coach, Glenville State
Adam Tandez, assistant coach, Northern Illinois
Morgan Toles, assistant coach, Kent State
Cetera Washington, assistant coach, Western Michigan
Caitlin Wetmore, assistant coach, North Carolina-Greensboro