Anahit Aladzhanyan enters her sixth 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 as an assistant athletic director.
“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. Along with her passion for the Xs and Os of the game, she has proven to be a strong recruiter of excellent student- athletes.
Prior to becoming the head coach of the women's program, Aladzhanyan 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. She helped recruit and yield over 10 players in just one recruiting cycle.
As a product of the women's basketball 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 grown here and I couldn’t imagine a better place to lead amazing and driven young woman.”
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, served 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 does 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 degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2010.