A former team captain at Ohio State, Alysiah (a LYE sha) Bond is in her fifth season as an assistant coach on the Wisconsin women's basketball staff.
“Alysiah brings a wealth of knowledge to our program as a leader and is extremely dependable, trustworthy and above all else, loyal," Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. "She knows what it is like to compete at the national level and brings toughness, discipline and a spirit of competitiveness to the development of our program both on and off the court."
She has aided two players to All-Big Ten honors as Taylor Wurtz was an honorable mention pick in 2014 and a third-team honoree in 2012. Morgan Paige earned third-team honors in 2013.
"I am energized by the progress that our program has made since our arrival," Bond said. "We have established a blue collar identity as competitors and a family first circle of support. We know that there are no elevators to success so we must take the stairs! With Bobbie leading the way, we have embraced this challenge and are moving closer and closer to our goal of winning a Big Ten Championship--one step at a time."
Bond came to Wisconsin after serving as the director of operations for Arizona women's basketball for three seasons. Bond joined the Arizona staff for the 2008-09 season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Central Florida. At UCF, Bond was responsible for the development of the perimeter players, scouting and recruiting.
Before her stint at UCF, Bond was an assistant coach at Murray State and also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State.
From 1998-2001, Bond served as the director of women's basketball operations at the Tennessee under Hall of Fame head coach Pat Summitt. She also held the position of Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball from 1997-98.
In addition to her coaching and administrative background, Bond has extensive experience in sports broadcasting. She served as a color analyst for Lady Vols telecasts from 2000-03 and Ohio State women's basketball radio broadcasts during the 2003-04 season. She also worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio.
"Our program is lucky to have her energy and passion for the game of basketball," Kelsey said. "Alysiah has an incredible ability to cultivate personal relationships, helping our program attract the best, most talented student-athletes.”
A native of Los Angeles, Bond played point guard at Ohio State for four seasons, helping the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA championship game in 1993. She was named OSU's best defensive player and team captain during her final two seasons. Bond graduated from Ohio State in 1995 with a degree in marketing.