Staff
Head Coach
Alan Nakamura

Alan Nakamura enters his third season as Biola's Head Women's Basketball Coach in 2017-18.

During Nakamura's second year and the Eagles last as an NAIA institution, Biola surprised many teams in the GSAC with a 2nd-place finish and shot up to No. 14 in the Feb. 28 NAIA Coaches' Top-25 Poll. The Eagles went 23-6 during the regular season and set the program record for win percentage at home with a 14-1 mark at Chase Gym.

That improvement earned Nakamura a conference Coach of the Year award from the Golden State Athletic Conference on Feb. 28. Due in part to Nakamura's adjustment in game tempo, Joclyn Kirton, Annie Park and DeMoria White all averaged at least 14 points per game and earned all-conference recognition. On March 24, Kirton, Park and White were also named NAIA All-Americans. The Eagles earned a berth in the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2012, exiting after a first-round loss to Central Methodist (Mo.).

The 2015-2016 season had its good moments but turned out to be the building year that led to the next season's success. Biola finished 7-8 in conference during Nakamura's first season and an even 10-10 in Chase Gym.

Nakamura came to Biola after spending 14 seasons by the beach as the assistant coach of Point Loma’s women’s basketball team. In 2014-15, he helped guide the Sea Lions to a third-place finish in the PacWest Conference and a playoff victory in the NCAA Regional First Round. Point Loma defeated the NCAA Division II No. 1 team, Alaska-Anchorage on their home court in that playoff first round game.

Nakamura is very familiar with the Eagles' PacWest opponents. He was a part of the Point Loma coaching staff when it was a member of the GSAC along with Azusa Pacific, California Baptist, Concordia University Irvine, Fresno Pacific and Biola. During Nakamura's time with the Sea Lions, the team won at least 20 games and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for seven of its final eight years in the NAIA.

His responsibilities in San Diego included developing the perimeter players, scouting, running the defense and handling recruiting. His Sea Lions gave up just 62.3 points-per-game to their opponents in 2014-15, ranking them No. 1 in the PacWest Conference, which was a NCAA powerhouse, sending three teams to the national tournament.

Nakamura brings a ton of coaching experience with him to Biola, as prior to his 14 years at Point Loma he was a high school teacher and coach. He has experience coaching baseball, football, surfing and girl’s and boy’s basketball. He’s also got junior college and club coaching experience in football, basketball and baseball.

He graduated from San Diego State with a B.S. in Psychology and went on to get a M.S. in Education/Physical Education from Azusa Pacific.

In his spare time, Nakamura is an avid surfer. He’s a two-time Southern California Master’s Champion, won a national championship as a member of San Diego State’s surfing team and spent some time of the Professional Surfing Association of America Tour.

Nakamura currently lives in the Claremont area with his wife, Franci, and their children Kealoha, Kalani, Alec and Selah-Joy.

Assistant Coach
William Allen

Will Allen is entering his fifth season with Biola Women's Basketball in 2016-17. With a track record of recruiting outstanding student-athletes who are an excellent fit for Biola Basketball, Coach Allen has built a reputation as a top recruiter. Starting in the 2015-16 season he was promoted to the role of Women's Basketball Recruiting Coordinator.

Prior to his time at Biola, Allen made valuable contributions to Tustin High School Girls Basketball and Hope International University Men's Basketball.

Allen is also a military veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a Naval Petty Officer, 2nd Class, MR2. During his service he served on board the USS Enterprise.

"I have always had great respect for the history of Biola University and what the institution stands for. The people at Biola have the right perspectives and work to put God into the middle of education and everything they do," said Allen. "With Biola Basketball we are recruiting young people who will reach their potential in our family atmosphere, build great life-time relationships, and grow in Christ. Specifically, we are looking for players who have high character, are serious students, competitive, coachable and will be good teammates."

Allen is married to Suzanna, has three children, Charles Amanda, and Faith, and eight grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys endurance sports.

Assistant Coach
Grace Ricafranca

After years of high school coaching experience Grace Ricafranca joined Dr. Bethany Miller's women's basketball staff in the 2014-15 season. She remained on staff with new head coach Alan Nakamura and enters her third season with the program in 2016-17.

Ricafranca graduated from Biola with a B.S. in business management, and is currently in the coaching and athletic administration master's program at Concordia University.

She started her coaching career at Los Altos High School, and later served as head coach at Whittier Christian High School.

As a player at Los Altos High School Ricafranca earned All-League, Most Inspirational and Lady Conqueror of the Year.

When not coaching she enjoys playing basketball and numerous other sports, exploring new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Her favorite Bible passage is Romans 5:6-8.

She chose to coach at Biola because, "Biola is home to me. This university and basketball program have done so much for me in my growth as a believer, and I want to have the opportunity to give back, and learn as much as possible. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working under a program with so much integrity, heart and passion. I’m grateful to be here and hope to continue to make an impact for the glory of God.”

Ricafranca's numerous responsibilities will include: position work with the guards, academic support, integration of players into the university community, technology, video exchange, event planning and recruiting.

Assistant Coach
Robert Aviles
Assistant Coach
Annie Park

Two-time NAIA All-American Annie Park joined Alan Nakamura's coaching staff in 2017. Park graduated from Biola with a BA in Psychology in 2017 after spending three seasons on the women's basketball team.

Park was known for her work ethic and leadership abilities during her time as a player. She set the program record for three-point field goals made in one game during her 36-point effort against the Bethesda Flames on senior night. Park led the nation in three-point field goals made at the end of the 2016-17 regular season and finished her senior campaign with 99 made threes.

In 2017, she helped the Eagles reach the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2012 and was selected to the all-GSAC team two times.