RENO, Nev. Amanda Levens, who has served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Nevada for the past five seasons, has been hired as the head women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, SIUE announced Thursday.
“I am extremely excited and about this opportunity. (Nevada head coach) Kim Gervasoni has been an excellent mentor and has allowed me to grow as a coach and to prepare to lead my own program,” Levens said. “Working at Nevada has been an excellent experience and I am appreciative of my time spent here. I have no doubt that all the Wolf Pack teams will continue to be successful.”
During her five years at Nevada, Levens was an integral part of the Nevada basketball program, from organizing practices to community outreach. In addition, she was in charge of Center Court, the women’s basketball booster group and directing the summer camps.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Amanda and I want to publicly thank her for all her hard work, dedication and loyalty to the University of Nevada women’s basketball program,” Nevada head coach Kim Gervasoni said. “Amanda has been with me from the start and her loyalty means the world to me. I feel certain that her experience both as a player and assistant coach has helped prepare her to be a head coach. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is getting a wonderful person and coach as their new head coach.”
As a player, Levens helped Arizona State to back-to-back 20-win seasons from 2000 to 2002 and led the team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. That was on the heels of two years at Old Dominion as Levens finished her collegiate career with a combined 1,322 points, 332 assists and 99 steals.
Levens, 29, will be one of the youngest head coaches at the NCAA Division I level when Southern Illinois University Edwardsville begins play in the fall. Only two other current coaches at the NCAA Division I level are younger -- Candace White-Whitaker, of Missouri-Kansas City, and Kendra Faustin, of Niagara.
Levens earned her bachelors degree in history from Arizona State in 2002 and earned her masters degree in educational leadership from Nevada in 2007. She is an Illinois native who was a three-time All-State selection at Belvidere High School.