After just three seasons on the sidelines, Anya has had a huge impact with Milwaukee women’s basketball.
Covington has helped the Panthers to an impressive 58 wins in those three seasons, including a pair of post-season berths - advancing to the WNIT second round last season and WBI semifinals during her first season on staff.
Individually, Covington’s work with Milwaukee’s post players has reaped a large number accolades. Just this past season, senior forward and Horizon League All Defensive Team member, Ryaen Johnson shattered the program record for block shots in a season with 76. Also, Steph Kostowicz and Jenny Lindner both earned all league honors with Kostowicz graduating with a then school record, 61 blocked shots in a season and 174 blocked shots for her career.
As a whole, Covington’s work on the defensive side of the ball has been instrumental to Milwaukee’s success the last two seasons. In 2018-19, Milwaukee broke the school record for defensive field goal percentage, allowing teams to connect on just 36.4 percent. Milwaukee also shattered the school and league records for blocks in a season with 161 this past season, surpassing the previous Panther record of 124 and the old Horizon League mark of 154.
In 2019, Covington was recognized with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 30 Under 30 award that recognizes 30 up and coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.
A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Covington graduated from Wisconsin in 2012 with a degree in English.