Alicia DeShasier joins the Wisconsin women's track and field program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2010 season.
DeShasier specializes in working with the Badgers' throwers and aids UW assistant coach Dave Astrauskas, for whom she competed as a student-athlete at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Despite never competing in track and field before her collegiate career at SIU-E, DeShasier finished fifth in the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008. Most recently, she finished fourth in the event at the 2009 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
Joining the Cougars' track and field program after a successful four-year career in softball, DeShasier broke SIU-E's school javelin record in her first-ever competition and went onto finish 10th at the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships despite a torn elbow ligament.
DeShasier earned first-team All-America honors in softball as a senior and was a three-time all-region pick. She also earned first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors three times and was the league's player of the year as a senior.
DeShasier, a native of Carrollton, Ill., graduated from SIU-E with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
She was one of three siblings to compete for the Cougars. Her sister, Liz Bray, played basketball for four years at SIU-E, while another sister, Stosha Flowers, played one year of volleyball for the Cougars after transferring from Southern Indiana.
In high school, DeShasier helped Carrollton to back-to-back state titles in basketball in 2001 and 2002. She also was named MVP of the state softball tournament and earned Illinois High School Female Athlete of the Year honors as a senior in 2002.