By Andrew Lipton
Special to Daly Dose Of Hoops
In the four years she has led the Iona women’s basketball team, head coach Billi
Godsey-Chambers has amassed an impressive and excellent record of 82-46.
Two seasons ago, Godsey led the Gaels to their first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In her first season as coach in 2013-14, her team won the MAAC regular season championship and played in the WNIT. Also in 2014, Godsey was named the WBCA Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year, given to the nation's top first-year head coach.
At the end of July, Coach Godsey-Chambers graciously allowed me to observe one of
her team’s offseason strength and conditioning sessions, led by Iona’s strength and
conditioning coach, Kelly Shaver. I then spoke with Shaver about the nature of the
team’s offseason strength and conditioning program. He explained the goals of the
program, and some of the different ways those goals are achieved.
The session I observed involved each player pushing an approximately 100-pound
sled 40 yards 10 times within 10 minutes. It was a grueling workout, meant not
only to build strength and endurance, but to also build mental toughness and team
I also spoke with 5-foot-10 junior forward Alexis Lewis, who last season led the Gaels in scoring and rebounding at 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and was named
first team All-MAAC and third team All-Met.