Alisa (DiBonaventura) Kintner will enter her 16th season as the Widener women’s basketball head coach in 2018-19. She will enter the year with a 222-174 career record. During her tenure, Kintner has mentored multiple All-Americans including Kate Dellinger and Jen Egee.
The 2017-18 campaign saw Widener battle for a spot in th MAC Commonwealth playoffs and had Kintner get solid contributions from a group of young players who look to develop in the coming years. Madison Ireland was named Second Team All-Conference after leading the MACC and rank 10th in all of NCAA Division III at 5.9 assists per game.
In 2015-16, Ally Ferrucci continued to rewrite the record books. She graduated as the school-record holder for career assists (543) and broke the program standard for single-season assists for the second straight time by dishing out 183 during her senior campaign. For her efforts, Ferrucci was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth First Team as well as the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference Team.
Kintner once again saw Ferrucci carry on the point guard tradition at Widener in 2014-15 as she garnered Second Team MAC Commonwealth accolades and set a then program record with 148 assists for the year.
In 2012-13, the Pride put together the best season of any women’s program in school history by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. The team amassed a 24-6 ledger and set school records for overall and league wins (16) while becoming the first women’s squad at Widener to win an NCAA Tournament game. The Pride beat four ranked teams, including No. 9 Catholic in the second round of NCAAs and No. 16 Messiah in the sectional semifinals. Kintner was named both the Commonwealth Conference and D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, and the team finished the season ranked 12th by D3Hoops.com and 13th by the WBCA.
In 2013, Kintner also graduated one of the most decorated student-athletes in Widener history in Kate Dellinger. The guard was a Capital One Academic All-American, a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and the Philadelphia Inquirer Performer of the Year twice as well as the MAC’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year and a finalist for the Jostens Trophy. Dellinger, who was named the institution’s female athlete of the year, graduated ranked sixth in school history with 1,255 points and fourth with 759 rebounds and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Kintner also guided the Pride to league titles and NCAA Tournament appearances during the 2003-04 and 2008-09 seasons. Both teams finished with an 18-10 overall record, while Kintner was named the league’s coach of the year in 2009 before serving as a head coach of a squad that competed as part of the USA Athletes International Tour in Barbados.
In addition, Kintner helped the Pride make additional appearances in the ECAC South Region Tournament 2004-05 and 2009-10. The 2009-10 squad earned a victory over Gwynedd Mercy in the quarterfinal round.
Kintner arrived at Widener after spending two seasons at Delaware Valley College, her alma mater, as an assistant coach. At Delaware Valley, the team went 16-12 in 2002 and reached the Freedom Conference championship game for the first time in school history. The Aggies upset seventh-ranked King’s in the semifinals before suffering a one-point loss to Scranton in the final. Delaware Valley went 11-16 the following year and reached the conference tournament for the fourth time in a five-year span, winning five of its last six games.
As a student-athlete, Kintner had a storied playing career at Delaware Valley from 1998-2001. She capped her senior season by becoming the first Aggie in any sport to be named Kodak All-America, and she also received citations as a D3Hoops.com All-American, the Freedom Conference co-Player of the Year and the ECAC South Region Player of the Year. Kintner dished out a conference-record 237 assists that season and was also named to the All-Freedom Conference First Team after earning second team honors as a sophomore and junior. Delaware Valley in 2000-01 enjoyed a school-record 21-6 campaign that saw it advance to the Freedom Conference Tournament for the second time in three years. The Aggies won the ECAC title in 2001, and Kintner was named tournament MVP.
A two-time captain, Kintner led the NCAA in assists by averaging 8.5 per game as a junior in 1999-2000 and 8.8 per contest as a senior in 2000-01. On Jan. 30, 1999, she notched a conference-record 17 assists against Lycoming to become the 11th player in NCAA history to reach that plateau. She finished her career with 636 career assists, which is still the highest mark in MAC and Delaware Valley history, and her career mark of 8.2 assists per game is third in the NCAA Division III annals. Kintner also holds two Delaware Valley single-season school records with 72 3-pointers in 2000-01 and 105 steals in 1998-99 after leading the Aggies to a 12-win improvement upon her arrival. She ranks sixth all-time in Delaware Valley history with 986 points and wrapped up her collegiate career with 1,131 points, including 145 as a freshman at Slippery Rock.
Kintner, who was inducted into the Delaware Valley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, earned her bachelor’s degree from the school in business education in 2001. She currently resides in Folsom with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Jordan.