USCGA Women's Basketball Coach Found Dead By Kira Goldenberg Published on 3/15/2009 - theday.com New London - Alex Simonka, the head coach of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy women's basketball team, was found dead in his car on campus early Saturday evening. Simonka's death, which was discovered around 5:30 p.m., was still being investigated by Coast Guard Investigative Services and the New London Police Department late Saturday night, according to Petty Officer Ryan Doss, assistant public affairs officer. Simonka, 52, of Gales Ferry, recently completed his 16th season coaching the team. 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.