June 3, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif.- Cal women's basketball head coach Marianne Stanley has completed her coaching staff with the hiring of Sharrona Alexander and Jualeah Woods as assistant women's basketball coaches.
Alexander comes to Cal after serving as assistant coach for three seasons at Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, while Woods joins the team after working as the head girls basketball coach at Santa Monica High School in southern California for the past two years.
During her three-year tenure as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Troy State (1995-98), Alexander helped guide the Lady Trojans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996-97, as they posted a 23-7 record and won the Mid-Continent Conference championship. Alexander began her coaching career as as an assistant coach at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida, where she worked for one season (1994-95).
Alexander earned her bachelors degree in communications from the University of Alabama in 1995, where she was a two-year letterwinner at forward for the Crimson Tide (1992-94). She served as team captain as a senior in 1994, helping Alabama to a 26-7 record and a trip to the NCAA Final Four. Alexander also played one season at Okaloosa-Walton CC, where she was named Florida Junior College Player of the Year in 1991-92, and played her freshman year at Fresno State (1989-90). She attended Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Woods, a graduate of Berkeley HS, was recruited to play for the USC Trojans by Stanley, who was then the head coach at USC. Woods was a four-year starter at small forward for USC (1991-94) and she still ranks sixth on the school's all-time three-point shooting charts. She helped lead the Women of Troy to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the Sweet Sixteen, and a combined 89-31 record during her career.
While at Berkeley High, Woods earned Northern California Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior in 1990. She led Berkeley High to the state championship game in 1990, where her team met Lisa Leslie's Morningside High team; Leslie then joined Woods in signing with Stanley and USC that spring, giving the Trojans one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
CALIFORNIA -- Named Sharonna Alexander and Jualeah Woods as assistant women's basketball coaches.