Coast Guard Academy Women’s Basketball Coach Found Dead on Campus

New London – Alex Simonka, the women’s basketball coach and athletics business manager at the Coast Guard Academy was found dead in his car on campus early Saturday evening.

Simonka, 52, of Gales Ferry, Conn., was discovered around 5:30 p.m.  The circumstances of his death are being investigated by Coast Guard Investigative Services and the New London Police Department.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of a mentor, coach, and friend,” said Rear Adm. J. Scott Burhoe, superintendent of the academy said in the release. “Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family, friends, and our entire academy community.”

Simonka worked for the Coast Guard and academy for 30 years. He served as the women’s basketball coach for the past 16 years. He was a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy Class of 1979 and retired from active duty in 1999.

He is a 1999 inductee into the CGA Hall of Fame who played football, basketball and baseball for the Bears as a cadet from 1976-79.

Simonka still holds two CGA athletic records: most touchdown receptions in a football game (three) and most baseball at-bats without a strikeout (106). He also led the Bears to their first NCAA basketball tournament berth in the 1978-79 season.

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