Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Alysiah Bond is in her third season as the Director of Operations for the University of Arizona women's basketball program.

Her duties with the Wildcats include organizing all travel and scheduling efforts for the squad. She also oversees the program's budget and serves as the liaison for academics, marketing and NIKE. Bond serves as a central contact for external, departmental and conference inquiries and assists the coaching staff with day-to-day operations.

Additionally, Bond steps behind the mic as the color commentator for the Arizona women's basketball radio broadcasts.

"Alysiah Bond is someone I consider a very dear friend in life and work," head coach Niya Butts said. "It's encouraging to know she has the best interests of our program in mind. She shows a great commitment to our program in the way she works every day. She took this job to help build our program and help us succeed. She keeps the coaches, staff and players in line, on and off the court. She is someone behind the scenes who cares about our program and works for the success of our team."

Bond joined the Arizona staff for the 2008-09 season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida. There, she coached alongside Brandy Manning, current Arizona assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. At UCF, Bond was responsible for the development of the perimeter players, scouting and recruiting.

"Some people just have IT, undeniably!" Bond said of Butts. "If you have ever been around someone truly gifted in the business of people, you know exactly what I mean. Niya's energy, ambition and primary concern for others hasn't wavered in the 13 years that I have known her. Because of that, she has my full respect. And with my respect, comes my allegiance. Who wouldn't want to roll their sleeves up for a leader whom they believe in, trust and hold in high esteem personally and professionally?"

Before her stint at UCF, Bond was an assistant coach at Murray State and also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University.

From 1998-2001, Bond served as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at the University of Tennessee under the direction of Hall of Fame Head Coach Pat Summitt. Butts was a player for the Lady Vols during Bond's tenure in Knoxville. 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 a color analyst for Lady Vols telecasts from 2000-03 and Ohio State women's basketball radio broadcasts 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 team captain during her final two seasons. Bond graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a degree in marketing.