Evansville Women’s Basketball Staff Update

The University of Evansville athletic department announced its new staff and coach hires on Tuesday morning including two members of the University of Evansville women’s basketball coaching staff.

Joining the Aces as an assistant coach is Tyra Buss and coming on as Evansville’s director of basketball operations is Tanaeya BoClair

After an illustrious playing career, Tri-State native Tyra Buss joins the Aces as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.

Buss returns to the tri-state after an honor-laden playing career at Indiana University, where the four-year starter became the Hoosiers’ all-time leading scorer with 2,364 career points and led the Hoosiers to a 2019 WNIT title, being named the Postseason WNIT Most Valuable Player in the process. The two-time WBCA honorable mention all-American finished in the top 25 in the nation in scoring average as a senior, amassing 20.6 points per contest.

A two-time Ms. Basketball honoree for the state of Illinois in high school, Buss starred for Mt. Carmel High School. Buss helped lead Mt. Carmel to a 112-16 (.875) record, while being named Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year, a Parade High School All-American and the National High School Coaches Association Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year in 2014.

Tanaeya BoClair enters her first season as Director of Basketball Operations for the Aces women’s basketball program following an impressive playing career.

BoClair comes to Evansville after spending the past two seasons on the bench for the University of Utah, her alma mater.

The San Antonio native spent last season as the Utes Director of Player Personnel after spending the 2018-19 season as a graduate assistant.

BoClair graduated from Utah in the spring of 2018. BoClair was a mainstay for the Utes, playing in 125 career games with 98 starts. She became the 28th player in program history to reach 1,000-career points and ranks 25th all-time in program history with 1,030 points.

She was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection during her time with the Utes and was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2015. She averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during her time in Salt Lake City, only missing one game her entire career.

Photo Courtesy Evansville Athletics


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