Alexa Shields enters her 11th season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Shields came to Kings Point after coaching as a graduate assistant coach at Rutgers-Newark.
At the Academy, Shields is responsible for recruiting, scouting, film exchange, travel, and Sea Year fitness coordination. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Shields is also an Assistant Professor at the Academy.
While at Rutgers-Newark some of her responsibilities included recruiting, administrative duties and camp coordinator. She also organized the team’s Tip-Off Tournament and served as a Team Academic Advisor.
A three-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference guard at The College of New Jersey, Shields helped TCNJ to NJAC championships in 2004 and 2006, finishing tied for third in career assists (309) and fifth in steals (196) in school history. She served as team captain as a junior and senior. A four-year letterwinner, she earned first-team All-NJAC honors in 2005 while garnering second unit notice as a sophomore and senior.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from TCNJ in 2006 after four years on the Dean’s List. Two years later, Shields earned a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Rutgers-Newark.
Shields and her family moved from Huntington, Indiana, to Wall Township, New Jersey, for her junior and senior years in high school. She captained Wall High School as a junior and senior where she also lettered twice in tennis.