NEW LONDON, Conn. – Former University of Hartford forward Alyssa Reaves has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Connecticut College, as announced by head coach Jackie Smith. She will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the program and most notably have an integral role with recruiting, player development, and scouting.
Reaves began her coaching career with the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball staff in August 2017. Her responsibilities included recruiting players from across the country, watching game film and creating scouting reports on opposing teams. She also organized team functions and community service endeavors, helped create practice plans, and helped implement game plans.
Reaves arrived in Manchester following a four-year career at the University of Hartford, where she was a three-time America East Academic Honor Roll selection. She shot 41 percent from the field, scored more than 500 points, and grabbed 500 rebounds over 119 games of action.
"It is a special moment for me to be able to welcome a former athlete of mine to Conn," said Smith. "I was able to coach Alyssa while I was an assistant coach at the University of Hartford, and she has proven that her work ethic and skill set have translated to the coaching world. She had an extremely successful career as a student-athlete and has been a significant part of the program at SNHU for the past two years. Alyssa's knowledge of the game, her understanding of post play, and her ability to relate to players will have an immediate impact on our success."
On top of being an assistant basketball coach, Reaves also worked as an assistant teacher at Mills Falls Charter school for the past two years. In that roll, she managed the classroom and maintained behaviors. Reaves also created daily lessons and helped with organization skills and task management.
"I am extremely excited to be back in Connecticut to continue coaching college women's basketball, and I am looking forward to working with head coach Jackie Smith," said Reaves. "I cannot wait to meet all of the amazing players and wonderful people at Connecticut College! Go Camels!"
The Bloomfield, Conn. native graduated from Hartford in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, along with a double minor in sociology and business administration. She begins her duties at Connecticut College in June.