Eric Alston, Jr. was named director of basketball operations in June 2013. Alston spent the previous two seasons as the Gaels’ assistant drector of basketball operations after graduating from Iona with a degree in marketing in 2011.
"Eric is a true Gael in every sense, starting with the fact that he earned both of his degrees here,” said head coach Billi Godsey, “His decision to begin his coaching career here shows the impact the Iona community had on his life."
A familiar face behind the Iona bench, Alston was a four-year student manager with the Gaels after becoming the program's first male manager in 2007. He took over the head manager position for the 2010-11 season.
In addition to his work with Iona women's basketball, Alston is an AAU basketball coach for the Hooperstown Huskies Fifth Grade Boys team. He was a member of Iona's football team as a freshman.
Alston recently earned his master's degree in marketing along with an advanced certificate in sports and entertainment from Iona's Hagan School of Business.