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Shaina Afoa
Associate Head Coach

Associate head coach Shaina Afoa returns to the Seawolf coaching staff for her eighth season in 2019-20, and her fifth as the program’s top assistant.

Since joining Ryan McCarthy’s staff, the Anchorage native has helped the Seawolves to a 190-34 overall record, six straight NCAA Tournaments, five straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season titles and three GNAC Tournament titles.

The 2017-18 NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, Afoa has also aided UAA’s recent run of three 30-win seasons in the past four years, including consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berths the last two campaigns.

In Afoa’s first year as the lead assistant coach, UAA captured the 2015-16 NCAA West Region title and earned its first-ever berth in the National Title Game, while in 2016-17 she contributed to a record-breaking Seawolf squad that finished 30-2 and earned the first 20-0 league record in GNAC history. In March 2017 she was named to the prestigious Thirty Under 30 list of up-and-coming coaches by the WBCA.

In addition to administrative and recruiting duties, Afoa has been a key to the development and success of UAA’s post players, working with such recent GNAC Players-of-the-Year Hannah Wandersee and Megan Mullings.

Afoa was a three-sport athlete at GNAC rival Central Washington from 2006-11, lettering four times in both basketball and track & field, plus once in volleyball.

A three-year starter at center, she finished No. 2 on the Wildcats’ career list for blocks with 126, plus fourth in rebounds (599), sixth in games started (79) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.461).

A graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School, Afoa earned her bachelor’s degree in Art/Graphic Design from CWU in 2011 and her graduate certificate in Human Services from UAA in 2014.

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Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Anchorage
Alma Mater: Central Washington
Graduating Year: 2011
Major: Art-Graphic Design
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 907-786-1228
Email: smafoa@alaska.edu