Alex Richey, head coach of the Oglethorpe women's basketball team, has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 list, honoring up-and-coming women's basketball coaches aged 30 and under at all levels of the game.
"The WBCA has created a new program to recognize up and coming talent in our coaching family. The 30 coaches who have been named Thirty Under 30 are deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for distinguishing themselves early in their careers," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes."
Richey joins four other Division III coaches on the list, which includes head and assistant coaches. Head coach Stephanie Stevens of Gallaudet and assistant coaches Maisie Elston of Birmingham-Southern, David Foley of Luther, and Misha Jackson of Emory join Richey as Division III honorees. The list also features honorees from NCAA Divisions I and II, as well as NAIA, and the junior college and high school ranks.
Each recipient has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement in the WBCA.
"The credit for this honor must be shared with the members of our team who have bought in to our vision," said Richey. "Athletic Director Becky Hall and President Larry Schall gave a 25-year-old a chance and I couldn't be more grateful to be working at my alma mater. My family has supported me every step of the way in my career and I am truly blessed. We have a long way to go as a program and I couldn't be more excited about what the future has in store for Oglethorpe women's basketball."
The Stormy Petrels finished fifth in the SAA during the 2015-16 season, accruing a 13-14 overall record and a 6-8 mark in conference play. They won a conference tournament game for the first time since 2009, defeating Rhodes 73-63 in overtime in the SAA quarterfinals in Homewood, Alabama. The Petrels also won a 58-56 decision over eventual SAA champions Birmingham-Southern in January at Dorough Field House, ending what had been an undefeated campaign for the Panthers to that point.