GEPA-14021355820 - SCHLADMING,AUSTRIA,14.FEB.13 - SKI ALPIN - FIS Alpine Ski Weltmeisterschaften 2013, Riesentorlauf der Damen. Bild zeigt Anna Berecz (HUN). Foto: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

ANCHORAGE – Head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced Thursday that former Seawolf and RMISA’s NCAA Woman of the Year, Anna Berecz, will take over as Alaska Anchorage’s assistant alpine coach for the 2015-16 season.

“Anna is a two-time Olympian who qualified three times for the NCAA championships and knows our program inside and out,” said Anderson. “I can’t think of a better person to step into this role and hit the ground running. Anna brings a broad depth of experience to the team and I’m confident that her contributions as a coach will make an immediate impact with our group.”

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A four-year letterwinner for the Seawolves, Berecz graduated in May 2015 with a double-major in psychology and language. With a 3.99 overall grade point average, Berecz also captured the 2014-15 Dresser Cup award – the highest academic honor among Seawolf student-athletes.

The three-time NCAA Championships qualifier represented her native Hungary at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was also recognized for her continuing volunteer efforts both in Anchorage and at home in Europe.

Most recently, Berecz captured the RMISA’s nomination for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Now in its 25th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

Berecz replaces Julie-Pierre Leclerc, who departed UAA this past spring.

Release courtesy of UAA Athletics