Former playing standout Sierra Afoa has returned to the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program in 2018-19 to begin her coaching career, UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy announced Monday.

A three-year letterwinner and four-year squad member, Afoa played in 102 games at power forward from 2014-17, helping the Seawolves to a combined 97-7 record – the best in NCAA Div. II over that span – and three straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. She averaged 4.5 points and was the third-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg) for the UAA team that went 38-3 and reached the national title game in 2015-16, and she led Seawolves with 4.7 boards per contest in her final season, starting 29 games for a 30-2 squad.

“Sierra has been a great example of what it means to be part of our program,” said McCarthy, who led UAA to a fourth straight GNAC regular-season title in 2017-18. “She has a deep understanding of what we are trying to do, both systematically and culturally, in developing leaders. We are very excited to add her to our staff.”

A two-time GNAC All-Academic Team selection, Afoa graduated with cum laude honors in 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in social work.

The former Dimond High School star becomes the third straight UAA alum and Alaska high school product to serve as the Seawolves’ No. 2 assistant, following Kodiak’s Alysa Horn (2015-17) and Wasilla’s Alysha Devine (2017-18).