Women's Basketball Coaches
Mary Evans
Head Coach
Gabby Johnson
Assistant Coach
Dani Franklin
Assistant Coach
Mark Schwitzgable
Assistant Coach
Kaylin Speedy
Director of Basketball Operations
Dominique Doseck
Graduate Assistant
Grace Hales
Graduate Assistant
Julie Vick
Administrative Assistant
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Grace Hales

Grace Hales

Graduate Assistant

Grace Hales joined the Valpo women's basketball staff for the 2020-21 season as a graduate assistant after wrapping up a stellar four-year career in the Brown and Gold.

Hales finished her playing career at Valpo as one of the program's most accurate shooters of all time, ranking second in program history in free throw percentage (.859) and third in 3-point percentage (.380). Hales tallied 1,123 points over her four-year career, good for 12th in program history, and ranks second all-time at Valpo in games played (123), eighth in 3-pointers made (167) and ninth in free throws made (238).

Hales enjoyed her finest season as a senior in 2019-20, receiving Honorable Mention All-MVC honors in recognition of her work. She scored a team-high 12.2 points/game as a senior and ranked second in the conference in both 3-point percentage (.434) and free throw percentage (.890). Her .890 free throw percentage set a program single-season record, while her mark from the 3-point line is fourth-best in program history. Hales’ shooting only got better within MVC play, as she led all players in conference-only play with a .519 3-point percentage.

Hales led the way for Valpo as the team experienced its most successful season in quite some time during her senior campaign. The 2019-20 squad finished the year with a 17-12 overall record, a 10.5-game improvement over the previous season - good for sixth-best nationally. Valpo jumped 172 spots in the RPI from 2018-19 to 2019-20, the largest leap for any D-I team in the nation. The team's 17 wins marked the program's winningest season since 2006-07, and while competing in the nation's eighth-ranked conference in the MVC, it posted its best conference record since 2008-09.

Hales owns two of the top five spots on Valpo's single-season free throw percentage chart, as her .859 clip from the stripe as a junior in 2018-19 is fourth-best in program history. She led Valpo in 3-point percentage in each of her last three seasons and in free throw percentage each of her last two years.

Also a standout in the classroom, Hales was an MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention selection as a senior. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor's degree in communication in May 2019, and is currently pursuing her master's degree in sports media.