On September 18th, JP Boyle and Jacqueline Kurland sat down with a former sequoia girls basketball player to do an interview. The interviewee Alaina Woo was a girls varsity basketball player all 4 years and graduated in 2013 to pursue her basketball career at Division 3 basketball at Pomona-Pitzer. When she wasn’t playing basketball she served as the chair of the Chair NCAA Student-Athlete Engagement Committee, Vice-Chair of the NCAA’s student advisory Committee, and president of the Pomona-Pitzer Student athlete Advisory Committee. She also acted as the Division 3 student representative on the NCAA’s Committee on Women Athletics, and the NCAA’s Commission to combat Sexual Violence. Being a student-athlete at Pomona-Pitzer while being involved in several extracurriculars really highlights the hard work and dedication Alaina was willing to put forth in whatever she was doing.
This statement is backed up in an interview where Natalie Donnelly and Georgina Odom sat down with the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Coach Picchi, to talk about Alaina’s 4 years as a basketball player at Sequoia High School. Coch Picchi talked about Alaina’s work ethic saying “she expected a lot from herself….If she made a mistake, she was probably tougher on herself than she would have been on her teammates” and “she just put in a ton of extra time, you know? She would just get into the gym and work on her shooting whenever she got a chance. Before school, after practice, any time on the weekend that I was able to open the gym, she was there.”.
All this hard work and determination clearly paid off because at Aliana’s time at Pomona-Pitzer she managed to finish as a top 10 all-time scorer and holds the all-time record for career 3 pointers. After she graduated from Pomona-Pitzer, she got an assistant coaching job at Tufts University for a year and then went back to Pomona-Pitzer to be an assistant coach for 2 years until this year when she was named interim head coach at Pomona-Pitzer. As of now, she is the women’s head coach after just 3 years of being an assistant coach.
You can see the full interview with Alaina here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsIIFoZ7mII&t=1s