After 31 years and 425 victories, Alfred State women’s basketball coach Gina Boyd has announced her intentions to retire this summer.
When reflecting on her time at Alfred State, Coach Boyd is thankful for the relationships she has built while working at the college. “Alfred State has provided me with amazing opportunities for the last 31 years. I have had the pleasure of working with many inspiring colleagues who I know will continue to be part of my life. I am very grateful to have coached so many talented student-athletes, who have made a difference in my life and I treasure the friendships we formed.”
“Gina has positively impacted the lives of so many student-athletes throughout her outstanding career,” stated Director of Athletics Jason Doviak. “She has handled many roles within the department of athletics including physical education chair, summer sports festival director, SWA, and head softball coach, all while coaching women’s basketball. She has an infectious smile and came to work every day with a positive attitude. To say that she will be missed by the Alfred State community would be an understatement. Gina has been a consummate professional since day one and we wish her nothing but the best in retirement.”
Boyd, a star athlete in basketball and softball at Waterloo High School, Cayuga Community College, and SUNY Cortland, came to Alfred State in the early 1990s and was named Coach of the Year six times, was the recipient of the William Havens Award three times, and has been included in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers twice.
She coached four NJCAA All-Americans, three USCAA All-Americans, and countless athletes have earned All-Conference athletic and academic honors during her time leading the basketball program. During the transition to the NCAA, Boyd led the Pioneers to two USCAA National Championship tournament appearances. She finishes her basketball coaching career with a .557 winning percentage (425-338 overall record).
On top of coaching basketball, Boyd was instrumental in many other athletic department activities. Currently she is an assistant athletic director, coordinator of physical education, teaches physical education class, and serves as the director of the Summer Sports Festival. She has also mentored countless younger members of the athletic department staff.
Previous duties within the department included serving as the softball coach (led the 1994 team to the NJCAA World Series), serving as the college’s first Senior Woman Administrator, and overseeing the Learn to Swim Program for nearly her whole career.
Her impact on Alfred State reached well beyond the athletic department as Boyd has always been involved in committees all across campus from Faculty Senate to search committees to health and wellness and morale committees. Boyd’s smile and cheerful personality are well known all around campus.
The college recently started the nationwide search to hire the next women’s basketball coach.