Associate head coach Shaina Afoa returns to the Seawolf coaching staff for her seventh season in 2018-19, and her fourth as the program’s top assistant.
Since joining Ryan McCarthy’s staff, the Anchorage native has helped the Seawolves to a 160-31 overall record, five straight NCAA Tournaments, four straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season titles and three GNAC Tournament titles.
On the heels of UAA’s NCAA ‘Sweet 16’ run and 27-5 mark last season, the Anchorage native was voted by her Women’s Basketball Coaches Assocation peers as the 2017-18 NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year.
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 all-league standouts as Alysa Horn, Hannah Wandersee and All-American 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.