Andrea Dalton moves off the court to coach

Nate Bottiger, Staff Writer

The Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team has seen a change in staff for their 2011-2012 season, with Andrea Dalton replacing the former assistant coach Meredith Alexis.

Dalton is finishing her bachelor’s degree in English education this year as she assumes the assistant coaching position. She is expecting to be graduated this winter.

While attending Pitt-Johnstown, Dalton played for four years under head coach Sasha Palmer.  During her time as a player, Dalton earned two all-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections.

Dalton finished her career with 1,417 career points and 611 career rebounds. With these stats, Dalton was ranked 11th in all-time scoring at Pitt-Johnstown, and tied Justine George for 15th in all-time rebounding as well.

Palmer said Dalton is a good fit for the program because she knows what Palmer expects.

“She wants to get into coaching, and this is a good opportunity for her to get her feet wet,” Palmer said.

Dalton said her main goal is to give players an opportunity to fulfill their potential and to give back to the players as well as the program.

Palmer said the team has responded well to Dalton because some of them are friends with her from their years of playing together, which gives them someone they can talk to.

Junior Maria Martini said she played with Dalton for two years and Dalton was someone that she could look up to and ask for advice.

“She has a great outlook on our program because she excelled in it for four years.”

Dalton said the team has talent, and she has high expectations of them because she knows what they can do as a former teammate.

“I have played with some of them for two to three years, so we have a good working relationship.”