Date Posted:07/21/2008,  3:00PM

Alison Smith '05 Named Assistant Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College head women's basketball coach Adrienne Shibles has announced the hiring of Alison Smith '05 as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 Polar Bears. One of the finest defensive players in school history, Smith captained the Polar Bears as a senior in 2004-05.

Smith played in every Bowdoin game during her four seasons in Brunswick, finishing with the second-most games played in school history (117). Over the course of her career, the Polar Bears posted an astounding 108-9 (.923) record, won four-straight NESCAC Championships, advanced to the "Elite Eight" every season and appeared in the 2004 Division III National Championship game. Statistically, Smith accumulated 65 career blocks (sixth all-time at Bowdoin) and 171 career steals (11th in program history).

An Academic All-NESCAC honoree, she collected the Society of Bowdoin Women Award upon graduation, recognizing the "varsity athlete demonstrating most outstanding effort, cooperation and sportsmanship."

Smith graduated Bowdoin with a degree in Psychology and earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston College with clinical focus on health and mental health practice. During the past two years, she has pursued a coaching career, participating at several collegiate clinics at Bowdoin, Holy Cross and Harvard.