April 16, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - New Washington State University women's head basketball coach Jenny Przekwas announced the hiring of two assistant coaches this week, Stacy Alexander and Pippa Pierce.
Alexander was one of Przekwas' assistants at Saint Francis College for the past two years, while Pierce was a member of her staff for four years, 1994-98. Last season Pierce was an assistant at the University of Illinois in the Big 10 conference.
"Pippa and Stacy, have a lot of experience with me and I think that will make their transition and my transition here at lot easier," Przekwas commented. "Pippi worked for me for four years before going to Illinois and Stacy played for me for four years before coaching with me for two years."
"Both assistants know what I do on the floor and what I like in recruiting in terms of player personnel and how I want things done," she added. "They both have a great grasp on my coaching and recruiting philosophies."
Alexander, who also played for Przekwas, graduated from Saint Francis in 1996 where she was an honor student and named the school's Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1995-96. She helped lead the Red Flash to the 1996 Northeast Conference title and the school's first berth in the NCAA tournament. The three-time Saint Francis team captain was named the NEC's co-player of the year in 1995.
Following graduation Alexander, a sociology and criminal justice major, played professional basketball in Switzerland for a season, served as an assistant track coach at Portage Area High School in the spring of 1997, and was a member of the Saint Francis basketball staff for two seasons, 1997-99.
Pierce graduated from Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio) in 1988 after earning a degree in sports medicine with a minor in biology. She was a four-year starter and two-time team captain for the Raiders. She spent six years at Saint Michael's College, 1989-94, as an assistant basketball coach and an administrative assistant in the athletic department. She also was an assistant with the lacrosse team for one season.
In 1994 Pierce joined Przekwas' staff at Saint Francis, where she was the recruiting coordinator while coaching the team's centers and forwards. During her tenure with the Red Flash, the team captured three of its four straight league titles and competed in the first round of the NCAA tournament each of those three years. Saint Francis was 81-38 during her last three years with the club.
Pierce then joined the staff of head coach Theresa Grentz at Illinois, where her duties including coaching and scouting reports on Illini opponents.