Lidiya Alekseyeva

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Lidiya Vladimirovna Alekseyeva (Russian: Лидия Владимировна Алексеева, 4 July 1924 – 26 June 2014) was a Russian basketball player and coach.[1] Alekseyeva was born in Moscow. Alekseyeva was inducted into the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.[2] She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. On 24 February 2012, Alekseyeva was announced as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012; she was formally inducted on 7 September.[3]

Basketball playing career[edit]

As a player, Alekseyeva won the USSR Women's League with the MAI Moscow team in 1947, 1951, 1954, 1955, and 1956, and the USSR Cup in 1952. While playing with the senior USSR National Team, she won the gold medal at the EuroBasket Women, in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1956.

Basketball coaching career[edit]

Alekseyeva was the head coach of the senior USSR Women's National Team for 22 years (from 1962 to 1984), and during that time the team won every competition they participated in. Specifically, they won the Summer Olympic Games gold in 1976 and 1980, the FIBA World Championship for Women in 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975, and 1983 (the USSR boycotted the 1979 tournament), and the EuroBasket Women in 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1983.

Awards and honors[edit]


Alekseyeva's husband, Evgeny Alekseev, was also a well-known basketball player and coach.


  1. ^ "Лидия Алексеева умерла в возрасте 90 лет — Баскетбол". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  2. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  3. ^ "Five Direct-Elects for the Class of 2012 Announced By the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.

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