The University of Texas at Tyler athletic director Dr. Howard Patterson has announced Rebecca Alvidrez as the athletic program’s sixth head women’s basketball coach in program history.
Alvidrez recently finished up her fourth season as the associate head women’s basketball coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, assisting in the rise of the Ladyjacks program that culminated in a 47-9 overall record in the last two seasons in Nacogdoches and a trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament just a few weeks ago. Alvidrez will bring more than 20 years of coaching experience to the sidelines for the Patriots and will lead UT Tyler into its first year as a potential full-fledged Division II institution.
“The moment I stepped foot on the beautiful campus of UT Tyler and met their great people, it was obvious this is a special place,” Alvidrez said. “I am thrilled to lead this program and young ladies back to the tradition of success. I am confident that our women’s basketball program will work hard to be amongst those ranks in the future! I would like to thank Dr. Patterson, coach Wilson, and the entire UT Tyler athletic department for giving me this incredible opportunity.”
Alvidrez was a key part to Stephen F. Austin’s rise to the top in the Southland Conference as she was directly involved with all program operations including scouting, film analysis and game/practice planning. Alvidrez and the Ladyjacks became just one of 15 NCAA Division I programs to post back-to-back seasons of 25 or more wins in 2018-19 and 2019-20, and one of 20 teams that posted four consecutive seasons of 23 or more wins during her time on the sidelines for the Ladyjacks.
“I am extremely pleased Coach Rebecca Alvidrez has decided to join UT Tyler and lead our women’s basketball program as the athletic department hopefully enters full NCAA DII membership status this coming September and begins our quest for national championships,” Dr. Patterson said. “Coach Alvidrez’s experiences and accomplishments make her a perfect fit for UT Tyler. She will immediately bring a level of respect to the women’s basketball program and I have no doubt she will make the program nationally competitive in short order.”
Alvidrez arrived at Stephen F. Austin in 2017 after serving for three seasons as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Alvidrez served on a staff that guided Colorado State to a record of 77-16 over the course of those three seasons and claimed the 2015-16 Mountain West Tournament Championship and earned the automatic qualification into the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Alvidrez also served as the head women’s basketball coach at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado in 2013-14. Alvidrez led the Adams State women’s basketball program to a record of 9-18.
She spent the 2012-13 season at Nebraska-Omaha University as an assistant coach following the longest tenure of her career as associate head women’s basketball coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Alvidrez assisted in the recruitment and development of six All-Americans for the Seawolves during her tenure from 2006-12, assisting the program to a pair of NCAA Division II Final Four appearances in 2008 and 2009 and a total of six NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances.
Alvidrez got her start in the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado from 2003-06 on both the men’s and women’s sides following a standout playing career of her own in the professional ranks overseas. She was named the Player of the Year in the Sweden-Basketattan League in 2003 as well as an “All-Star” All-Sweden Selection the same year.
That standout professional career came after an illustrious playing career at Montana State University, during which time she named a two-time All-Big Sky Selection, the league’s Newcomer of the Year in 2000-01, and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. She was inducted into the Montana State University Hall of Fame in 2018 for her standout athletic career for the Bobcats and was a member of the 2001-02 women’s basketball team that was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Alvidrez will assume the role of head women’s basketball coach immediately and will be tasked with the building of a women’s basketball program that finished a shortened 2020-21 season with a record of 0-14 in Lone Star Conference play.
UT Tyler reached the NCAA Division III National Tournament three times from 2013-16.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native will bring extensive international and domestic recruiting ties with her to the program, as well as extensive success as an associate head coach at both the Division I and Division II national levels.