By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - Rice University women's basketball head coach Tina Langley announced the addition of Tasha Brown to her staff today (June 16). Brown comes to Rice after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Cincinnati for five seasons.
"We are so excited to welcome Tasha Brown to our Rice family," said Langley. "Tasha brings a wealth of experience, adding valuable knowledge to all areas of our program especially player development, scouting, recruiting, and defense. Throughout her time as an assistant and as a head coach, Tasha has made mentoring student-athletes her top priority. Her passion for helping young women grow, develop, and reach their goals is what drives her and what makes her such an outstanding fit for Rice. We are so fortunate to have someone of Tasha's character and expertise joining our staff."
With more than two decades of coaching experience, Brown has made eight postseason appearances and helped develop 14 all-conference award winners and 12 professional players. Prior to Cincinnati, Brown spent four seasons as the head coach at Western Michigan University, where she produced an All-Mid-American Conference selection and Academic All-MAC honoree each year.
Brown also served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (2005-08), where she helped develop perimeter players and assisted with recruiting. During the 2006-07 season, Brown and the Badgers set a program record with 23 wins and Wisconsin made its first postseason appearance since 2002.
Prior to her appointment at Wisconsin, Brown was an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara from 2001-05, where she served as the recruiting coordinator, defensive coach, and helped coordinate the offense in her final campaign. She also was the team's community outreach coordinator and was in charge of guard development.
Brown also had coaching stints at Bradley University, the University of Dayton and she began her coaching career at St. Ambrose in 1997.
A native of Rock Island, Ill., Brown is a graduate of St. Ambrose (1997) in Davenport, Iowa, with a degree in mathematics. She played four years of collegiate basketball, the first two of which were spent at Illinois Central College. After graduating from ICC, Brown attended Southwest Missouri State before transferring to St. Ambrose. In her lone season with the Queen Bees, the team went 27-7 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.