Alex Stewart is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Rockets’ women’s basketball team. Stewart works with all aspects of the program, including perimeter-player development, recruiting, academic support, opponent scouting and alumni relations. She also oversees the male practice players.
"We’re thrilled to have Alex in our program," three-team MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "She brings great expertise to the table having excelled at the point-guard position in the ACC and professionally overseas. Alex has done a terrific job developing our perimeter players and challenging them to raise the bar. She understands the level of commitment we need from our team to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and she has performed almost every duty you can on a coaching staff from head coach to director of basketball operations. She has a tremendous work ethic, an outstanding personality and is a winner."
Last season, Stewart assisted Toledo to its second MAC regular-season championship in the last three years, as well as secured a berth in the WNIT for a fourth consecutive season.
The Rockets compiled a 29-4 record in 2012-13, the best single-season mark in UT annals, including a 15-1 MAC ledger. Their 29 wins tied for the most in school history and second most in the MAC record books.
Individually, a trio of backcourt performers garnered all-league recognition. Naama Shafir and Andola Dortch were tabbed to the All-MAC first team and Inma Zanoguera to the third team. Shafir also became the first Rocket to garner all-league recognition on four occasions.
Shafir wrapped up her collegiate career first in UT annals in career helpers (722, third most in MAC history), minutes played (4,218) and games played, second in free throws attempted (696), third in steals (227) and free throws made (538), fifth in points (1,874), sixth in field goals made (601), seventh in free throw percentage (77.3%, 538-of-696) and tied for ninth in scoring average (13.5).
In addition, Dortch repeated as MAC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth player in league history to earn the top defensive award on more than one occasion.
Stewart came to Toledo following one season at Jacksonville University, where she was responsible for point-guard development, opponent scouting, film breakdown, film exchange and recruiting. While with the Dolphins, she helped mentor Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Year Crystal Bell, becoming the program’s first defensive honoree after posting a league-best and JU single-season record 81 steals.
Stewart arrived in Jacksonville, FL after spending three seasons at her alma mater, Georgia Tech, as an academic coach and assistant director of basketball operations.
With the Yellow Jackets, she assisted student-athletes with their academic progress in 2010-11, while also helping with initial eligibility certification of prospective student-athletes.
Stewart returned to her alma mater on the basketball operations staff in May 2008 and coordinated practice times, assisted with scouting, oversaw film exchange and equipment. She also served as the summer camp director of MaChelle Joseph’s Basketball Camps.
Prior to Georgia Tech, she was the head basketball coach at Agnes Scott College during the 2007-08 season after serving as an assistant coach the two previous years. She led the squad to a 17-9 record, the best mark in school history, for a second-place finish in the regular season.
The Scotties posted a 33-22 record during Stewart’s tenure as an assistant coach, including the program’s first appearance in the 2006 Great South Athletic Conference Championship Game.
As a student-athlete, Stewart played at Georgia Tech from 2000-04, earning Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) third-team accolades as a junior. In the career book, the two-time team captain ranks third all-time in assists (505) and fourth in free throw percentage (.777, 269-346).
Stewart became just the second Ramblin Wreck player in school history to earn a triple double (11 pts., 10 rbs. & 11 asts.) against Charleston Southern on Jan. 30, 2001. She was also the first player in ACC history to accomplish the feat coming off the bench.
Following her collegiate career, she traveled to Keflavik, Iceland to play professionally. She helped her team win the Icelandic Championship and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Stewart earned her bachelor’s degree in international affairs in 2004.