Alumni Spotlight - Feb. 15, 2011
Alena Koshansky - Women's Basketball (Delaware '07)
Teacher, Baltimore City School District
One of the top point guards in Delaware history, Alena Koshansky led the Blue Hens during the most successful runs in school history. A three-year starter, she led the team to a four-year mark of 92-30 that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, WNIT appearances in 2005 and 2006, and a runner-up finish at the 2005 CAA Tournament. She ended her career ranked No. 2 all-time at Delaware with 346 assists, No. 2 with 145 three-pointers, No. 4 with 255 steals, and No. 10 in free throw percentage (.782). A two-year team captain, she was an Academic All-American nominee and was a three-time member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll. She currently is a third grade teacher in the Baltimore City Public School system.
As a student-athlete, what brought you to the University of Delaware?
"I was looking for a university that had both a competitive basketball program and strong academics. After my recruiting visit I knew that this was the place for me, and would provide me with many opportunities both on and off the basketball court. I really liked the university community, the academic programs, and felt right at home with the coaches and my future teammates."
What do you remember most about your time as a student-athlete at the University of Delaware?
"I remember the bonds that were formed with my teammates both on and off the court, and how no matter how challenging a practice or day was, that there were fifteen girls that would be there for you. I remember the exciting games against ODU and JMU, and the amazing fans that, win or lose, gave us endless support. I remember all of the fun, laughter, and experiences that are a part of college life.
Do you continue to follow the team?
"I definitely continue to follow the team and try to attend as many games as possible. I’m excited for their future and know that the coaches and girls on the team will continue to play Delaware Basketball. “Delaware on the Front, Pride on the Back”
Tell us about your current career and what makes it so special?
"I am a 3rd grade teacher in Baltimore City. It is challenging, yet rewarding, and no day is ever the same. What makes it so special is that everyday I have the privilege to teach children and make a difference in their lives. Often times, they are the ones teaching me what life is all about.
What would be your advice to today's women's basketball student-athletes?
"My advice would be to live in the moment and enjoy every single experience throughout your college career. Know that the challenges and experiences that you face throughout these four years are shaping who you are becoming as a person. Also, my advice would be to find what you are passionate about in life and go for it. When you do something that you are passionate about, you will feel a sense of purpose and enjoyment in life.
What do you like to do outside of work?
"I like to travel to Delaware to see my friends Liz, Kristy, and Erin (all still in Delaware athletics!). I like to workout, spend time with family, read, shop, and go to the beach! As a teacher, having the summer off will be quite beneficial for getting my beach fix!"
What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
"I believe that life would not be the same without chocolate!!"