Friday, August 4, 2017

Iona WBB getting in shape for 2017-18 season

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.


  1. Andrew Lipton:
    This article is a tremendous farce. Coach Chambers and Ashley Kelly for that matter are very junior in their understanding of the game and creating a high performance-winning environment. In fact the Iona Women's basketball environment is very caustic with as many as 4 or 5 jr, so and freshman players asking for their release this year on top of a 2-28 record. This year from the sidelines looks to be 100% a result of poor leadership, bad attitudes and game time coaching skill level as opposed to talented players.

    Horrible accountability at Iona from the athletic department and administration to allow this farce to continue. They (Chambers & Kelly) belong at the jr high or even small/mid size high school level and certainly not at the D1 NCAA level. I could go on for days watching this program over the last 7 or 8 years now with the coaching transitions. This years record (2-28) is all a result of Godsey- Chambers recruits as opposed to living on other recruits that are inflating her record. Iona administration needs to wake up in my humble opinion.

  2. Yikes, Doesn't sound good for the ladies. Gael Nation has a history of solid basketball and the Men's program keeps on rolling.

    Not good for the comunity or the college. Let's go ladies and figure this out

    Yours truly,

    New Rochelle hooper

  3. Rumor has it- Alexis Lewis, in the record books for several categories decides to ask for her release after her Junior year and commits to SETON HALL! Gaels lose a top player at her prime. What is going on with the administration to turn their backs on the gael athletics and their values as an institution? Is it time for leadership changes?