RADFORD, Va. – The Radford women’s basketball program announced Friday afternoon that Alex Tomlinson has joined the team as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to join the staff at Radford!” commented Tomlinson. “Coach McGuire has built a successful program with an emphasis on character, discipline and community. I am eager to get started and look forward to working with our student athletes as we continue to build upon the success on the court and in the classroom at Radford! Go Highlanders!”
Tomlinson brings to the New River Valley an impressive résumé including most recently being named the WBCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year last season with Christopher Newport. Tomlinson helped guide the Captains to a 26-1 record during the 2021-22 campaign, with the team winning 26 straight games to advance as far as the NCAA Sweet 16. Tomlinson was also part of the staff that collected Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Tomlinson spent three seasons in Newport News, Va. with Christopher Newport. While there, the team totaled a 51-5 record including two tournament and regular season titles. The program won four total NCAA Tournament games over that span. The 2021-22 season was a historic one for the program as the Captains earned a number one ranking for the first time in program history and had a 43-game winning streak which is ninth-longest in Division III history.
Before her tenure at Christopher Newport, Tomlinson was a graduate assistant with the University of North Carolina. She was a part of the coaching staff with the Tar Heels that guided the team to it’s first NCAA Tournament since 2015.
While at North Carolina, Tomlinson helped grade film with the coaching staff, filmed all games and assisted with game day film exchange. She also assisted coaches with on-court preparation prior to practice and facilitated the UNC Women’s Basketball Summer Camp production. While on staff, the Tar Heels defeated a pair of top-ten programs, including the number one team in the country at the time, Notre Dame, in 2019.
“Alex is coming to us from Christopher Newport and was highly recommended to me by Coach Broderick,” commented head coach Mike McGuire. “Alex has been an integral part of CNU’s program positioning itself as a national championship contender at the D3 level. After having several conversations with her, it is easy to see why she has such a bright future in our profession. She is driven, focused, and is detailed oriented. Alex will be bringing a tireless work ethic and a championship mindset to our program. I know our ladies will relate to her and, most importantly, learn a great deal from her.”
As a student-athlete at Wingate, Tomlinson spent four years with the program. She was a two-year team captain and helped guide the Bulldogs to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances with three South Atlantic Conference Tournament championships. She graduated with a degree in criminal justice with a sports management minor in 2017 before going on to earn her Master’s in social work at North Carolina in 2019.
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