Alex Stewart is in her third 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.
"I first learned about Alex from a few college teammates of mine who were at the time both working on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech," three-time MAC Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "Alex enjoyed a successful career as a point guard for the Yellow Jackets that eventually led her to a professional opportunity in Iceland. She is a tremendous communicator who has a fun, engaging personality. Alex has the ability to relate to anyone and make them instantly feel at home. I love the fact that in addition to teaching a skill, that she can also demonstrate it. She does a great job developing our point guards and assisting with both our scouting and recruiting efforts."
Stewart has also played a key role in expanding the Rockets’ recruiting scope to England (Janice Monakana and Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott), Spain (Elena de Alfredo), Canada (Nancy Kessler), Minnesota (Lindsay Dorr and Michaela Rasmussen), Illinois (Sophie Reecher and Mikaela Boyd) and Wisconsin (Olivia Braun).
Last year in her second season working with the UT perimeter players, Stewart helped mentor junior Inma Zanoguera and senior Andola Dortch to second-team and third-team All-MAC honors, respectively.
Dortch garnered all-conference accolades for a third-straight season, while Zanoguera earned postseason laurels for a second-straight year.
Additionally, Dortch was named a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, recognizing the top point guard in NCAA Division I.
Zanoguera wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign fifth in school history in free throw percentage (85.7%, 90-for-105) and minutes played (1,133) and seventh in total rebounds (277) in the UT single-season record book, while Dortch finished seventh in helpers (178) and minutes played (1,119) and 10th in thefts (76).
Dortch concluded her UT career second in school annals in minutes played (4,160), tied for second in games played (136), third in steals (293), fifth in assists (553), sixth in free throws made (399) and free throws attempted (566), seventh in field goals attempted (1,305) and 11th in scoring (1,454).
In 2012-13, Stewart assisted Toledo to its second MAC regular-season championship in the last three years, as well as helped the Rockets secure 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 third 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.