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Hewa (formerly Chase) returned to her alma mater prior to the2008-09 season after coaching the previous two years at Idaho andthe two years before that at North Idaho College.
In her first three years as a coach at Eastern, Hewa workedspecifically with guards, before taking over responsibility of theposts in the 2011-12 season. Off the court, she is directlyinvolved in recruiting, academic support and is responsible fororganizing all community service efforts of the team.
In the year before Hewa arrived on campus as a coach, the Eagleswent 4-25 overall and 1-15 in Big Sky Conference action. In hervery first season, the Eagles nearly tripled their wins from fourto 10 in 2008-09. And then in 2009-10, Hewa’s second year inthe program, the Eagles celebrated the most successful season innearly two decades, as the team captured the school’sfirst-ever Big Sky Conference regular-season title with a 12-4league record, and 19-12 overall mark.
That same season, Hewa protege Kyla Evans was selected to theAll-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad, and was selected as a BSCPlayer of the Week. Before graduating in 2011, Evans became theall-time career leader for three-point field goals made, and wasone of 29 female student-athletes among all Division I, II and IIIschools in the nation to receive an NCAA post-graduatescholarship.
While with the Vandals, Hewa assisted with all aspects of theprogram in her first full-time coaching experience at the NCAADivision I level. Hewa helped recruit standout Katie Madison, whowas named the WAC Newcomer of the Year and was honored on theAll-WAC second team as a freshman.
In her time at NIC, Hewa helped coach the 12th-ranked Cardinals toa Region 18 title and a 24-7 mark in 2005-06.
She served as a graduate assistant coach with the Eagles from2002-03 to 2003-04 to commence her coaching career.
As a player, Hewa was a four-year letterwinner for Eastern andearned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention accolades as asenior. At the time, she ranked among the top 10 in the Easternrecord book for career three-point field goals made with 60.
Hewa earned a bachelor’s degree in community health in 2002and a master’s in sports psychology in 2004, both fromEastern.
Hewa and her husband, Joe, were married in December 2010. Theyhave one daughter together, Hannah, born Jan. 22, 2011.