Women's Basketball Announces Coaching Promotions

July 10, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State head women's basketball coach Judy Spoelstra announced Wednesday that assistant coach Jualeah Woods has been promoted to the second assistant position while Director of Basketball Operations, Heath Alexander, has moved into the third assistant coaching position on the Beaver staff.

Woods, beginning her third season as an assistant for Oregon State, will take over the role of recruiting coordinator and will run all daily operations involving recruiting. She will continue her on-court role of instructing the OSU guards.

'Jualeah did an outstanding job last year in helping Fee (Felicia Ragland) improve,' said Spoelstra.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Southern California, Woods helped lead the Women of Troy to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the Sweet 16. A four-year starter at small forward, Woods ranks seventh in USC's record book for 3-point field goals made in her career.

Woods played professionally for one season when she served as a practice player for the Long Beach StingRays of the American Basketball League during the 1997-98 campaign.

Woods has six years of coaching experience after serving as an assistant and head coach at Santa Monica High School and an assistant coach at University of California prior to her tenure at Oregon State. She is taking over the duties previously held by Stephanie Norman who accepted an assistant coaching position earlier this month on the Vanderbilt University women's basketball staff.

'I'm excited for the opportunity to move into this position and look forward to all of the challenges and rewards that it will bring,' said Woods. 'It's disappointing to see Steph (Norman) go, but it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.'

'While at OSU I had a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a family atmosphere from administrators, to coaches, and the staff, I will always cherish the experience,' said Norman.

Alexander, a 1998 graduate of the University of Oregon, served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Beavers last season.

'I'm excited about this opportunity,' said Alexander of his appointment as an assistant. 'It's been a goal of mine to move into a coaching role and I look forward to continue to learn from the other members of the Oregon State staff.'

Prior to his arrival at OSU, Alexander served three years as JV boys basketball coach and varsity assistant at Marist High School in Eugene, OR. While attending the U of O, Alexander was the head men's basketball manager for the Ducks, during which time he conducted film exchange, helped arrange travel, game scheduling, film breakdown and was in charge of a five person managerial staff.

'Heath has done an outstanding job for us, especially in the area of video editing,' said Spoelstra.

Alexander will continue to edit video for the Beavers as well as play a major role in recruiting. On the court he will work with the forwards and posts.

Oregon State hopes to fill its Director of Basketball Operations position in early August.

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