Alison Hewa is in her first season as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Portland State. She will serve as the Vikings’ recruiting coordinator and work with the team’s post players.
Hewa comes to the Park Blocks after serving as the head coach at Pullman High School for the 2014-15 season. She was named the Great Northern League Coach of the Year after leading the Greyhounds to the league title and the Washington 2A Sweet 16. She managed the three-team program and coached second team all-league player Savannah Paul as well as the league’s MVP, Emily Drake.
Prior to taking over in Pullman, Hewa was the assistant coach at Eastern Washington for five seasons from 2008-2013. During her tenure, the Eagles made two WNIT berths and won the league championship in 2010. She coached conference MVPs Breanne Ryan and Julie Piper. Eastern Washington finished in the top four in the Big Sky in four straight seasons.
In the year before Hewa return to campus as a coach, the Eagles went 4-25 overall and 1-15 in Big Sky Conference action. In her first season, the Eagles nearly tripled their wins from four to 10 in 2008-09. And then in 2009-10, Hewa’s second year in the program, the Eagles celebrated the most successful season in nearly two decades, as the team captured the school’s first-ever Big Sky Conference regular-season title going 12-4 in league play, 19-12 overall.
Hewa served as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho from 2006-08 where she coached post player, and WAC Newcomer of the Year, Katie Madison. She recruited players from Washington, Idaho, California, and Canada. She recruited players that are now playing professionally in both Australia and France.
In her time at Northern Idaho Junior College (2004-06), Hewa helped coach the 12th-ranked Cardinals to a Region 18 title and a 24-7 mark in 2005-06.
Hewa graduated with a M.S. in Sports Administration with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from Eastern Washington in 2004. She graduated with a B.A. in Community Health from EWU in 2002.
Hewa and her husband, Joe, were married in December 2010. They have one daughter together, Hannah.
Chelsey Zimmerman is in her first year as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Portland State. She will work with the team’s guards as well as serve as the team’s travel coordinator. She will also assist with academics and scouting.
Zimmerman comes to the park blocks after serving three seasons as an assistant coach under Head Coach Lynn Kennedy at Southern Oregon University.
While at Southern Oregon, Zimmerman served as the travel coordinator and was responsible for student-athlete academic standards, monitoring and retention.
During her time at in Ashland, the Raiders posted their best record in 16 years going 27-5 in 2014-15 and were ranked as high as No. 13 in the country. She helped Southern Oregon to two NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2015 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015.
Zimmerman also spent four years as an assistant coach at the University of Great Falls. She coached a pair of future NAIA All-Americans while in Great Falls. The team was the top-ranked academic team among NAIA women’s basketball teams, with a 3.65 GPA.
Zimmerman graduated from the University of Great Falls with a M.A. in Secondary Education. She graduated from Southern Oregon with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Spanish.
Amy Denson is in her first year as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Portland State. She will serve as the team’s camp and social media director. She will work with the team’s post players and work on scouting reports.
Denson brings extensive professional playing experience to the Park Blocks. She played professional basketball internationally for six different teams, in five different countries (Puerto Rico, Spain, Australia, Romania, and Poland) from 2006-2014.
Denson was twice selected as an all-star while playing in Australia and was a three-time league MVP in Puerto Rico.
Denson played collegiately at Arizona State where she was a four-year starter. She was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman first team in 2003 and was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention in 2004.
Director of Basketball Operations & Analytics
Keithan Gregg joins the Portland State women’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season as the Director of Basketball Operations & Analytics.
Gregg’s responsibilities will be to assist with team travel, scouting preparation, basketball data collection and organization, maintain basketball statistical and reporting, manage advance scouting, and develop basketball analysis of future trends.
The native of Cutbank, Montana played three years of basketball at the University of Great Falls from 2005-2006 and then from 2007-2009. He led the NAIA in assists during the 2005-06 season.
He became the assistant coach at UGF in 2009 and coached there for five seasons helping the team get as high as a No. 21 ranking in 2013. He recruited the 2013 & 2014 player of the year in Marcel Towns as well as TJ Harris who now plays for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Gregg became the Ashland High School Head Boy’s Basketball coach for the 2014-15 season and led the team to a 12-12 record and a first round appearance at the Oregon 5A state tournament, two years removed from a one-win season. He coach Colin Malcom, an All-Midwestern conference first team selection. Gregg also led the Girl’s Tennis team to the 2015 Oregon 5A State Championship as its head coach.