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Occidental College Womens Basketball
Occidental College Womens Basketball

         Head Coach Anahit Aladzhanyan

Anahit Aladzhanyan enters her fourth season as the head coach for Oxy's women's basketball team. She also serves as the senior woman administrator and the athletic department's budget manager.

“Heat,” as she’s known around campus, was on the bench for both of Oxy’s NCAA Division III playoff appearances in 2009 and 2011 and won four SCIAC championships as an assistant with the Tigers.

She spent the 2011-12 season as the first assistant to the Oxy men’s basketball team, making her one of a only a handful of women in the nation coaching men’s collegiate basketball.

When former head coach Heidi VanDerveer decided to pursue the NCAA Division II coaching opportunity with the Tritons in 2012, the door opened up for Heat to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a collegiate head coach.

“Getting the opportunity to be a head coach was my goal,”Aladzhanyan said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity and I’m honored to be the leader of a program that has developed a tradition of excellence over the last 5-10 years.”

And as a product of the program herself, it’s one she knows well.

Aladzhanyan played three seasons at Oxy when athletic director Jaime Hoffman was the coach from 2005-07. By her senior season, she was the team captain and a player-coach as an extension of Hoffman on the floor.

“It makes it even sweeter that I get to lead the program that I’m so emotionally attached to,” Aladzhanyan said. “I’ve played here, I’ve coached here and I couldn’t imagine a better opportunity.”

Heat stayed on as Hoffman’s assistant coach in 2007 and quickly snatched up several other roles in the Oxy athletic department as Hoffman noticed her value.

She has recruited for various sports during coaching changes, serves on the Alcohol and Other Drugs and the Title IX Enforcement committees, and is the department’s senior woman administrator.

“I’ve been high on Heat’s basketball IQ ever since I met her. She’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached and she’ll do a great job as the leader of the Tigers,” Hoffman said.

Heat graduated from Occidental with a degree in psychology in 2007 and later earned her masters from Pepperdine in 2010.

Prior to Oxy, Heat was a two-year captain at Marshall High School in her native Los Angeles.