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Keeping Up With Alexis

June 26, 2014


Every week this summer, we will hear from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This first installment is provided by fourth-year Lady Rebel manager Alexis Besinaiz.

Thursday, June 26

Hello everyone!! I will be entering my senior year at UNLV as a Kinesiology major this fall, and this past May, I was given the opportunity to work at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the USA Basketball’s Olympic Junior Trials.

Upon arrival they immediately put us to work so we could get ready for a long week of basketball. Many of these duties were no different than the duties I perform for the UNLV women's basketball team, such as faxing, putting together packets for the coaches and committee, and putting together backpacks for the girls. Working with UNLV has taught me that details are everything and to always triple check your work. This really helped in the USA Basketball office because making the packets for the coaches and committee members could not be anything less than perfection. After working in the office for the first two days, it was time to get out on the court!

First thing every morning I would get up and set up the courts so they would be ready for the coaches, staff and athletes. My duties were to bring the basketballs and towels out, fill up water/Gatorade, set up the benches and the stats table in both gyms before I got to eat some amazing dorm food breakfast. Anywhere you go, dorm food is dorm food and it definitely took me back to my days as a freshman at UNLV. After some breakfast, I went out to the court and started working with coaches on drills and making sure everything was running smoothly. Working the U17 division I met some of the best high school and AAU Coaches like Sue Phillips, Dori Oldaker and Ellis Barfield. I was also fortunate enough to assist the U18 team with their trials. Seeing the amazing talent these girl had to offer and the intensity of their game play was incredible. It was crazy to see the difference in the U17 team and the U18 team. The U18 team is coached by some of the top collegiate women's basketball coaches such as Dawn Staley, Kim Barnes-Arico and Jeff Walz. Working with all these different coaches was a learning experience because I got to see how different coaches interact with their players and what their perspective is on the game.

Throughout my trip I was able to learn so much from so many wonderful coaches, staff and my fellow managers. I am lucky I was able to learn a variety of lessons that I can not only carry on in my future careers but also with my work at UNLV. As I previously stated, checking your work again and again is something I have to continue to do and not to stray away from perfection. Details, details and details.

Finally, I am thankful to Coach Olivier for giving me the opportunity to become involved in USA Basketball. It’s been an incredible experience and I hope I will get to be able to work with USA basketball in the future. However, I would also like to thank UNLV for providing these amazing opportunities during my collegiate career. Fortunately, my USA basketball experience does not end here because I will be working with the USA Men’s National Basketball team when they come to Las Vegas this summer. I am truly excited!

Go Rebels!!



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