Lady Raiders add two to staff
Stollings names Bond assistant coach after four years at Michigan State and 8-year coaching veteran Malikah Willis to staff.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Alysiah Bond, a highly respected coach with national recruiting ties, has joined the Texas Tech program as an assistant coach, Lady Raiders' Head Coach Marlene Stollings announced Monday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Alysiah to the Texas Tech family. Alysiah is a proven winner who has worked alongside some of the best in women's basketball including the late Pat Summitt at Tennessee," Stollings said. "She has one of the most infectious personalities in coaching and brings an extraordinary ability to build relationships and elevate student athletes both on and off the court. Her decision to come to Texas Tech will enhance the future of our program."
As a seasoned veteran, Bond joins the staff after four seasons at Michigan State where she helped the Spartans to three NCAA appearances and a Top 25 ranking in three of her four years. During her time in East Lansing, Mich., Bond helped sign one McDonald's All-American and a Top 10 recruiting class. Bond also coached a Top 10 WNBA draft pick in Tori Jankoska.
"Enduring relationships have long been a fundamental driving force in my life and the unique opportunity to reunite with my college teammate in this capacity for this storied program is truly an honor," Bond said. "Coach Marlene has always had a brilliant mind and has evolved into a visionary leader with a sharp focus and proven ability to elevate student-athletes and their respective programs to greatness. Her commitment and drive to re-energize Lady Raider basketball jumps off the page at you! She is a high energy change agent who makes you a believer that great things are ahead!"
The opportunity to support Coach Marlene's vision is one that I fully embrace. I look forward to building lasting relationships with our current, former and future Lady Raiders, their families and the Lubbock community."
Bond has extensive BCS experience including stints at Tennessee with legendary Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt as well as at Arizona and Wisconsin. She also held the position of Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball from 1997-98. She also spent time in sports broadcasting for both Tennessee and Ohio State.
She spent three years as a sportscaster at NBC stations in Knoxville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio, covering the University of Tennessee and Ohio State respectfully.
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Bond played point guard at Ohio State for four seasons and was teammates with Coach Marlene. She helped the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA Championship game in 1993, was named OSU's best defensive player and was a team captain during her last two seasons.
Bond graduated from Ohio State in 1995 with a degree in marketing.
Lady Raider Basketball Head Coach Marlene Stollings has also announced that Malikah Willis will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Willis brings more than 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Lady Raiders including eight years at the BCS level with four of those years at Big 12 rival West Virginia.
"We are incredibly excited to add Malikah to our Texas Tech family. Her background in recruiting top notch talent and developing student athletes both on and off the court has been a staple throughout her career," Head Coach Marlene Stollings said. "Malikah has extensive international ties and has helped produce multiple WNBA draft picks. She is a tremendous asset to our Lady Raider program."
A seasoned recruiter, Willis has had seven recruiting classes in the Top 25, including four while at West Virginia and three at Georgia Tech. She has signed two McDonald's All-American and coached 14 student-athletes to all-conference honors during her time in the Big East, Big 12 and ACC. In addition, Willis has coached five WNBA draft picks.
"I am beyond thrilled to join the Lady Raider family. It's an absolute honor and a great time to be in Lubbock. The community and atmosphere is electric," Willis said. "I would like to thank Coach Marlene and the Texas Tech Athletic Department for this opportunity to build on the legacy, greatness and tradition of such an esteemed program. The passion and vision Coach Marlene has, coupled with the support and investment of administrators and the community, equals an undeniable formula for success."
Willis knows Big 12 Women's Basketball as she spent four years as an assistant coach at West Virginia. There, she helped lead WVU to four NCAA Tournament appearances including 20 win seasons in three of her four years, including a program-best 29 victories in 2009-10. In only her second year, Willis and the Mountaineers posted the best start ever for a WVU team as the Mountaineers began the 2010-11 season 19-0 and had the No. 1 ranked scoring defense nationally for five weeks. Willis was an integral part in developing the 2009-10 All-Big East Freshman Team unanimous selection Asya Bussie and 2 time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, Lanay Montgomery.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Willis was recruited to the University of Iowa by Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer where she was a part of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. The Hawkeyes won the 1995 Big Ten regular season title and consecutive Big Ten Tournament titles in 1995 and 1996.
A four-year letterwinner at Iowa, Willis earned bachelor's degrees in media studies and African-American studies in 1998. She played professionally for Color Cap Tybnik of Poland and Tapiola Honka of Finland in 1999, and Brazil's Santa Maria Club in 2000.