Alycia Bachkora enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the FGCU Softball team after being hired in July 2010.
Bachkora’s primary responsibility on the field is working with the infielders on their defensive skills and assignments. She also assists in the instruction of all aspects of hitting and offense. Her primary duties off the field include recruiting, monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes and helping lead the strength and conditioning program for the team.
In the 2013 season, Bachkora assisted in leading the Eagles to their 6th straight top 3 finish in the Conference and their highest RPI ranking since the 2009 season. The defense remained a strong force at a .967 fielding percentage with 5 fewer errors than the previous season. The Eagles were ranked 9th Nationally in double plays turned per game this past season with 26. The Eagles were also able to control opposing teams’ running game with only 33 attempted stolen bases and only 24 successful steals, both of which are Division 1 school records.
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 University of Florida to earn the University’s first ever Division 1 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 last year (62 in 2012, 74 in 2011). 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 thier team batting average by 10 points.
In her first season, Bachkora led 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 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.
Bachkora, an 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 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, she was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District.
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