2012-13 Softball Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU:||3rd Season|
Alycia Bachkora enters her fifth season with the FGCU Softball team after being named the assistant coach in July 2010.
Bachkora’s primary responsibilities on the field include working with the infielders for defensive skill instruction and tactics and assisting with hitting instruction for all players.
Her primary duties off the field include recruiting, monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes and helping lead the strength and conditioning regimen for the team.
With help from Bachkora, the Eagles produced their fourth-straight 30+ win season in 2014 and made their third postseason appearance in three years of eligibility. The team opened the season with nonconference wins over the likes of Ole Miss, Georgetown, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Harvard, Eastern Michigan, LIU Brooklyn, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Connecticut and finished the regular season with a three-game sweep of Northern Kentucky to clinch the no. 6 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Despite falling to no. 3 Stetson in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament, the Eagles went on to defeat Kennesaw State and upset no. 1 seed USC Upstate 8-7 before falling to Mercer 2-1 in 11 innings.
The 2014 Eagles saw three members of the squad earn all-conference distinction and two others earn conference academic awards. As a unit, the team posted a 3.51 grade point average in the fall and saw as four members of the team posted perfect 4.0 GPAs during the spring semester.
In the 2013 season, Bachkora assisted in leading the Eagles to their sixth-straight top-three finish in the conference and their highest RPI ranking since the 2009 season. The defense remained a strong force with a .967 fielding percentage with five fewer errors than the previous season. The Eagles were ranked ninth nationally in double-plays turned per game with 26 and consistently controlled opposing teams’ running game with only 33 attempted stolen bases and just 24 successful steals, both of which are school records since the transition to Division I.
In 2012, Bachkora helped the Eagles to a Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championship. They went on to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and beat the host and no. 5 University of Florida to earn the department’s first-ever Division I post-season win. Under Bachkora’s defensive instruction, the Eagles earned their highest fielding percentage in program history, most double plays turned (28) and 12 fewer errors than the previous year. She helped Regan Knapik break the single-season assists record while Kristen Bembnowski and Emily Lanier were named second team All-Conference in the infield. Bachkora also helped the Eagles hitters raise their team batting average by 10 points.
In her first season, Bachkora helped lead the Eagles to a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun with a league record of 14-6 (31-25 overall). She helped decrease the amount of errors on the field and boosted the team batting average by 10 points. Under her watch, three infielders – Tori Williams, Emily Lanier and Kirsten Bembnowski – were named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen Team.
Prior to joining the staff at FGCU, Bachkora was a volunteer assistant at Kansas. She had multiple responsibilities with the Jayhawk softball team, but worked primarily on hitting and with the team's infielders.
The Overland Park, Kan. native, graduated 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.
An All-Missouri Valley second team selection her senior season, Bachkora was a four-year letterwinner for the Bradley Braves' softball team and was named to the MVC's All-Tournament team in 2009. Bachkora also became Bradley's single-season (10) home run record holder 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 Athletic Director's Honor Roll all eight semesters during her college career and as a senior was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team.
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
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