Meet the 2020 CT Storm Coaching Staff
5th Grade: Chris Guisti – Chris may be new on the coaching roster this year, but Chris Guisti has been a storm coach since 2007. We are excited to welcome him back. Chris has coached all levels of basketball for both girls and boys. He is entering is 20th year as the head coach of the Norwich Free Academy boys’ team and has coached all grades within Storm. In fact, Chris coached one of our very own Storm teams to win the coveted Gym Rats trophy a few years back, which was quite an accomplishment. We are excited to have Chris back on the court teaching our young athletes the fundamentals of the game while sharing his passion for basketball.
6th Grade: Lexis Foster – Lexis is a Storm alum, having played her whole career with the Storm. She was a four-year Varsity starter for Fitch High School. After High School, Lexis went on to a career at Eastern CT University. There she played basketball all four years breaking all three school records for blocks as well as attending the NCAA tournament 3 out of the 4 years in attendance. Lexis has coached AAU for 6 years now and is the JV coach for Griswold High School Girls’ Basketball.
7th Grade: Emily O’Donnell - Emily O’Donnell is in her second year as an assistant coach at the US Coast Guard Academy. O’Donnell spent the prior two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Misericordia University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management Health Care from Misericordia.
While coaching at Misericordia, the team had their winningest record in a two year span, was named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll and coached the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom and ECAC-Division III North Region Women's Player of the Year. The Cougars also led the conference with the most community service hours as well.
O'Donnell earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Albright College where she was a four-year member of the women's basketball team and holds the career record for games played.
She was named to MAC Commonwealth All-Sportsmanship team selection and was Albright's NCAA Woman of the Year.
As a senior team captain, O'Donnell helped Albright secure the MAC Commonwealth title and a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. She led the Lions to MAC Commonwealth and ECAC championship appearances as a junior. This is Emily’s second year with CT Storm.
8th Grade: Alex Ivansheck – This is Alex’s fourth year with the Storm. Alex is the head coach at The Coast Guard Academy. She also coached at William Smith and Ithaca, helping both teams to the NCAA tournament. Locally, Alex is a graduate of Norwich Free Academy where she played for Coach Scarlata. Her collegiate career took her to Ithaca where she had a great career.
9th Grade: Jen Labrie and Dale Robertson – Jen and Dale, father/daughter duo, have a combined coaching experience of 40+ years. This is the duos 13th year coaching for CT Storm. Dale started coaching AAU in Maine where he created his own club, the Maine Jazz. Jen began coaching with Dale during this time before she went on to coach at Salve Regina University. Both Jen and Dale also work together to keep the CT Storm running.
10th Grade: Alyssa Reaves – We are excited to welcome Alyssa to CT Storm. Alyssa is a Connecticut native who has played basketball her whole life. She went to college and played all four years for the University of Hartford. There Alyssa finished her career ranking fourth in program history with 89 career blocks! She also shot 41 percent from the field as well as scoring more than 500 points and grabbing 500 rebounds. Alyssa then went on to coach at Southern New Hampshire University for two years and is now back in CT coaching at Connecticut College. We are extremely happy to have Alyssa on board!
11th Grade: Kristen Caruso and Courtney Gomez– Kristen is in her third year with CT Storm that comes with an impressive resume. Kristen is from Virginia and was Geno Auriemma’s first recruit ever for UCONN. Kristen had a great career at UCONN and is listed as a UCONN Hoop Legend. Kristen then gained coaching experience by coaching with Geno at UCONN and helping lead the first ever Women’s team to a Final Four. Kristen has also coached AAU in Virginia where she most recently guided players to their collegiate goals, with one now playing for Stanford and two others currently at Wake Forest.
Courtney is a veteran Storm coach and is an NFA graduate. Her collegiate career took her to play for Jen Rizotti at the University of Hartford on a Division 1 scholarship. Courtney coached at Mercy High school and is now currently coaching at her Alma Mater, Norwich Free Academy. Courtney brings tremendous insight and experience with her recruiting knowledge to this age level.