ATLANTA – University of Alaska Anchorage assistant coach Alysha Devine was honored Thursday as a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s third 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 eight NCAA Div. II coaches to earn the prestigious honor this year, Devine joined head coach Ryan McCarthy’s staff in 2017-18 after four seasons as a player for the Seawolves. After losing four starters – including herself – from last year’s 30-2 club, Devine helped guide UAA to a 27-5 record and the Seawolves’ fourth consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title.

A former Alaska prep star at Wasilla High School, she was instrumental in the continued development of UAA’s post players, including first-team all-league center Hannah Wandersee and second-team all-league forward Shelby Cloninger.

“Alysha made an extraordinarily positive impact on our new student-athletes, helping us maintain the high level of success that our fans have become accustomed to,” said McCarthy, who earned his second straight GNAC Coach of the Year award. “Her focus and professionalism are well beyond her years, and she continues to hone the leadership skills that made her such a valuable player, and now coach.”

Afoa gives the Seawolves a Thirty Under 30 honoree for the third consecutive season, joining associate head coach Shaina Afoa in 2017 and former assistant coach Alysa Horn, who made the inaugural list in 2016.

2018 WBCA Thirty Under 30 Honorees
Name, Position, Institution
Samantha Allen, head coach, Southern Maine
Katie Baker, assistant coach, Oregon State
Katie Bourk, assistant coach, Augustana (S.D.)
Janet Butler, assistant coach, Monmouth
Christal Caldwell, assistant coach, West Virginia
Joy Cheek, assistant coach, Vanderbilt
Taylor Coleman, assistant coach, Scranton
Camille Collier, assistant coach, Radford
Adria Crawford, assistant coach, College of Charleston
Alysha Devine, assistant coach, Alaska Anchorage
Kelly Frings, assistant coach, Drury
Stephanie Gehlhausen, assistant coach, Western State
Marcilina Grayer, assistant coach, Salt Lake Community College
Lauren Hayden, assistant coach, Lynchburg
Special Jennings, assistant coach, Flagler
Abby Jump, assistant coach, Morehead State
Tianni Kelly, assistant coach, Florida Southern
Courtney Kust, assistant coach, Hope
Natalie Marlowe, assistant coach, Texas-Dallas
Chandler McCabe, assistant coach, Bethune-Cookman
Amber Moore, assistant coach, Saint Leo
Drew Muscatell, assistant coach, Portland
Katelin Oney, assistant coach, North Dakota
April Phillips, assistant coach, Loyola Marymount
Tobias Pinson, assistant coach, Winthrop
Travis Ponton, assistant coach, Loyola University
Sierra Simpson, assistant coach, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kayla Tetschlag, assistant coach, South Dakota
Carly Thibault, assistant coach, Mississippi State
Jeanne-Marie Wilson, assistant coach, NW Kansas Tech