Toccara Tatum Named as PIU Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Piedmont International University athletic director Greg Eidschun has named Toccara Tatum as the new Head Women’s Basketball coach.

Tatum comes to Piedmont after three years at Lexington High School where she served as a PE teacher and the Head Varsity Girls Basketball coach. Tatum is a dedicated and passionate coach who strives to empower student-athletes to reach new heights with high principles both on and off the court.

Coach Tatum has 16 years of experience with girls’ basketball both as a coach and administratively. In 2010, she founded the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). She played for the league for two years before becoming the Associate Head Coach and Director of Operations. She led the team to a 27-20 record with two national playoff appearances in the WBCBL. Coach Tatum then worked her way up the ranks and was named the Carolinas Regional Director from 2014 until 2016 and is currently the Atlantic Regional Director.

“I’m very excited to play a vital role in the development of these young ladies [at Piedmont],” stated Tatum “I believe that athletics can be used to prepare student-athletes as well-rounded professionals for tomorrow’s future.”

Tatum earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Ferrum College in (2005). She then went on to earn an MS in Sports Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Tatum was a very distinguished player when she was at Ferrum, receiving a host of awards including WBCA Division III All American, 2005 NCAA Division III National Assist Leader, USA South Player of the Year and VaSID All-State Women’s Basketball First Team. In 2014, Tatum was named to the USA South 50th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team.

After a strong basketball career in college, Tatum was selected to play for the San Jose Spiders in the Women’s National Basketball League in 2005.  Unfortunately, the team folded before her first season. In 2006, she played for the Southern Legends out of Orangeburg, SC for two years before relocating to NC.

Coach Tatum resides in Winston-Salem, NC with her daughter Diamond and son William. She is a member of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC.  

Photo Courtesy PIU Athletics

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