Pacific Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach Valavanis Resigns
Alisha Valavanis resigned from her position as associate head women's basketball coach at Pacific on Friday, April 9 to pursue other career opportunities. Valavanis will spend the summer scouting for the WNBA New York Liberty.
Valavanis had just completed her fourth season on staff for the Tigers, under head coach Lynne Roberts. Working with Coach Roberts at Chico State, Valavanis had been on Roberts' staff for eight years.
"It is impossible to overstate the gratitude I feel for the University of Pacific, the integrity of the athletic program and the connection I feel with our community at large. The past four years working along side Lynne Roberts and our entire staff at Pacific have been wonderful. Coaching in an environment of quality and excellence is the highest privilege there is," said Valavanis. "And being a Tiger is more than coaching or playing it's something that becomes a part of you."
"We are really sad to see Alisha leave Pacific, but are excited for her and her future," said Roberts. "She is incredibly talented and has brought so much to our basketball program the past four years. I want to thank her for her tireless commitment to our team, the entire athletic department, and University of the Pacific. We will miss her greatly and wish her nothing but the utmost success. She will always be a part of the Pacific Tiger family."
Valavanis worked with all parts of the Pacific program, including designing and implementing the Tigers' defense both in practice and during games. On top of her defensive responsibilities, Valavanis helped to coach the Tigers' wings on the practice floor. Additionally, Alisha remained involved in the Tigers' recruiting. Off the court, she had taken responsibility of the Tigers' Fastbreak Booster club as well as Pacific's community outreach programs.
Before Pacific, Valavanis spent 10 seasons at Chico State as both a player and a coach. For four seasons, as the top assistant coach, the Wildcats enjoyed unprecedented national success at the Division II level. As an assistant, Valavanis trained and coached the Wildcats' defense. In addition to her defensive coaching, Alisha directed the Wildcats' recruiting efforts, finding All-American and all-conference talents for Chico State. Away from the court, Valavanis headed the creation and development of the Wildcats' booster club and community outreach programs.
As a player, Valavanis was one of the Wildcats' most prolific outside shooters, setting numerous 3-point records. During her playing days, Alisha ran the Wildcats' backcourt with her identical twin sister, Alexa, who played the point for Chico State. Alexa still lives in Chico, where she is the Executive Director of a local non-profit organization. In addition to Alexa, Alisha has four other siblings including another set of identical twin sisters.
In 2004, Valavanis earned her master's degree in physical education from Chico State. Previously, she received her bachelor's degree in communication in 2000.