FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Softball Head Coach Dave Deiros has announced the hiring of Alycia Bachkora (BOTCH-core-ah) as assistant softball coach. Bachkora joins the staff at FGCU after serving as a volunteer assistant at Kansas.
"Alycia has played and coached at the Division I level and will be a valuable asset to our coaching staff,” said Deiros. “She is very intelligent and diligent. She will be a tremendous role model and excellent teacher for our very young team."
Bachkora’s primary responsibility on the field will be guiding the infielders on their defensive skills and assignments. She will also assist in the instruction of all aspects of hitting and offense. Her primary duties off the field will include recruiting, monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes, and helping lead the strength and conditioning program for the team.
"I'm very honored to get to work with such a successful and accomplished leader like coach Deiros," said Bachkora. "I am excited at the prospect of working with such a young and talented team. Hopefully, my experiences as a player and a coach can help this team reach its full potential."
An All-Missouri Valley Conference second team selection her senior season, Bachkora was a four-year letterwinner for the Braves' softball team. She was named to the MVC's All-Tournament team in 2009 when BU captured their first-ever Valley title and NCAA berth en route to defeating 16th overall seed DePaul in the opening round and narrowly dropping a 2-1 decision to eventual Women’s College World Series participant and regional host Missouri. Bachkora also became Bradley's single-season (10) and career (16) home run record holder, while being named the school's offensive player of the year and 4-D award (Determination, Discipline, Dedication and Desire) winner her senior year. Bachkora made the Bradley Athletic Director's Honor Roll all eight semesters during her college career and she was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District her senior campaign.
Bachkora, an Overland Park, Kan., native, graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology and a minor in psychology. Following graduation, she returned to her home state and served as an assistant coach for the Wichita Mustangs softball club. She also has a sister, Jessica, who just completed her career at the University of Arkansas as an All-South Region outfielder for the Razorbacks.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT BACHKORA:
“Alycia did a great job with our program last year. She is a hard worker with high expectations for herself and her players both on and off the field. She pushes players to improve in every aspect of the game and she serves as a great example of what a student athlete should be. I am confident that Alycia will be a great addition to an already great staff at Florida Gulf Coast.”
- Megan Smith, Kansas University's Head Softball Coach
“Alycia was a gifted student-athlete and one of the most powerful hitters to come through our program. She left Bradley with a bang, by setting the single-season home run record her senior year. A personable and dedicated individual, she will make a quality coach. She knows the effort it takes to become not only a great player but a student who excels in the classroom. I think she will be a fantastic mentor to today’s younger players, and our profession needs more young coaches like her. I am really proud of her for following her heart, and under the guidance of Ken Kavanagh and Coach Dave Deiros I think FGCU will be a fantastic place for her to begin her career.”
- Amy Hayes, Bradley University's Head Softball Coach