May 5, 2008
Tucson, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's basketball head coach Niya Butts today announced the hiring of Alysiah Bond to the Wildcat coaching staff. Bond will serve as the program's director of operations.
Bond joins the Arizona coaching staff after spending the past season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida, where she coached alongside new Arizona assistant coach Brandy Manning.
"I am extremely grateful to have Alysiah as our director of operations at Arizona," Butts said. "Alysiah's experience and ability are second to none in women's basketball, and her addition to our staff will be an integral part of our success in the future. She can do it all, I am comfortable working with her, I trust her, and I am confident she will do an amazing job for this program."
At UCF, Bond was responsible for the development of the perimeter players, scouting and recruiting.
"The opportunity to join Niya's staff and assist in her vision for this program is one I accept with great honor and excitement," Bond said. "I have known Niya for a decade, and I have maintained a fundamental respect for her as a person and a professional. It is truly a privilege to work with a dynamic leader with unmatched energy and passion for young people."
Before her stint at UCF, Bond was an assistant coach at Murray State. Prior to that, she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State.
For three years (1998-2001), Bond served as the director of women's basketball operations at the University of Tennessee. Butts was a player for the Lady Vols during Bonds' tenure in Knoxville, Tenn. She also held the position of director of special programs for USA Basketball from 1997-98.
In addition to her coaching and administrative background, Bond has extensive experience in sports broadcasting. She served as color analyst for Lady Vols games from 2000-03 and Ohio State women's basketball games during the 2003-04 season. She also worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn. and Columbus, Ohio.
A native of Los Angeles, Bond played point guard at Ohio State for four seasons, helping the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA Championship game in 1993. She was named OSU's best defensive player and was voted captain her final two seasons.
Bond graduated from Ohio State in 1995 with a degree in marketing.