October 9, 2012

Mars-Garrick Named Assistant Coach

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Keyokah Mars-Garrick, from nearby North Stonington, has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at the Coast Guard Academy.

Mars-Garrick played four years for head coach Jennifer Rizzotti at the University of Hartford where the team won the 2011 America East tournament championship and the 2009-10 America East regular season championship and made two trips to the NCAA tournament.

"Keyokah is going to be a terrific addition to the Coast Guard women's basketball coaching staff," said Rizzotti. "She was a true student of the game as a player here at Hartford so I am confident in that knowledge translating easily for her as she starts her coaching career. The young women at the USCGA will have a tremendous role model when Keyokah enters their lives. I have no doubt she will positively impact every person she touches in their program."

She played four years at Wheeler High School where she was a two-time MVP selection. During her senior season, Mars-Garrick was a Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State in Class S, Hartford Courant and New Haven Register All-State Honorable Mention, Norwich Bulletin All-Area selection and ECC Small Division first team selection.

"I am so grateful that I get to have my passion as my job, waking up everyday being able to do what I love feels amazing," said Mars-Garrick. "I am so excited to finally use what I have learned as a player in a bigger way and hopefully teach these players everything that I have been fortunate enough to learn at Hartford. I'm anxious to start and build a great program and career here working with Alex."

Mars-Garrick spent the month of August in Africa where she worked with young basketball players in Sierra Leone. She is a Native American from the Narragansett Tribe, who enjoys teaching her heritage to elementary school children.

"I am happy that Keyokah has joined the CGA basketball program," said Coast Guard women's basketball head coach Alex Ivansheck, who is beginning her first season. "With her background, I believe she will be a tremendous asset particularly with player development and with recruiting. Keyokah is a positive role-model for our cadet-athletes and I am looking forward to working with her."

Her uncle Thomas Garrick played four seasons in the NBA.

First-year head coach Alex Ivansheck and the Bears open the season on Nov. 15th at home against Mitchell at 7 p.m.

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