Leesburg, VA (July 24, 2015) – Tuscarora graduate Alexis Bailey has committed to play woman’s basketball at Morehead State University beginning the 2015-2016 academic year. In committing to MSU, Bailey becomes the first Tuscarora basketball player to compete at the Division 1 level.
“I felt very fortunate and blessed when I made my decision to play for MSU,” said Bailey. “And although it took a long time to make a final decision, I know it was the right choice and fit for me.”
Located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, Kentucky, Morehead State was recognized for the 11th consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report. With over 11,000 students, across 144 undergraduate and 78 graduate degree programs, MSU offers exceptional opportunities for its students to learn in and out of the classroom.
“The recruiting process was exciting, but sometimes a bit overwhelming. But throughout it all, I knew God had something great for me in the end.”
Bailey’s head basketball coach at MSU will be Gregg Todd. In his first season at the helm, the Lady Eagles went 26 -3 to place first in the Ohio Valley Conference and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Prior to MSU, Todd was the head coach at Transylvania University in Lexington where he led the Pioneers to four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) championships and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
“Going into my first year, I expect the course work load to be a little harder and the level of basketball play to be tougher, but I plan on setting goals for myself and wisely managing my time. I also plan on increasing my intensity on defense. Some of my fondest high school basketball memories include Coach Newkirk’s half-time talks, the fun we had winning the district championship and making a state semifinal appearance, as well as being the first player at Tuscarora to score 1000 points.”
Said Tuscarora girls varsity basketball coach, Michael Newkirk, “We are extremely proud and excited for Alexis as she begins another chapter of her life. Coach Todd and the Bears are getting an excellent player. Alexis is an example of what hard work, dedication, and persistence looks like. I’ve had the pleasure to coach Alexis for the past four years and I remember vividly, her as a freshman stating that she wanted to play Division 1 basketball. She set that goal and each year made strides towards it. Strides that culminated into a senior year which she helped lead her team to a 22-4 record and appearance in the VHSL 5A State semifinal, acquiring 1st team honors at the conference, region and state levels, and holding several records at Tuscarora that include school’s 1st 1000-point scorer. I think it is safe to say she had a great high school career! I’m happy for Alexis and her family as she has an opportunity to live out her dreams and play at the next level.”
“I am thankful for God for all the opportunities he has given me. I also want to thank my family. They have sacrificed so much for me in my desire to be a student-athlete. Thank you to all of the coaches that have had a meaningful part to my success–Coach Kitchen, Coach George, Coach Newkirk, Coach Bruno; and also my teammates whom I have enjoyed taking this journey with the past four years.”
When asked what advice she’d give others pursuing their dream, Bailey replied, “Always set goals for yourself, and make sure your grades and school work are a priority. There was a saying that Coach Kitchen always had us repeat after training, ‘if it is to be it’s up to me,’ meaning if you want to do things in life, you have to do it yourself and can’t rely on someone else to do it for you.”
Please join me in wishing Alexis the best in her success on the court, and in her pursuit of a degree in graphic design at Morehead State University.