Tammi Reiss, who played and coached in the WNBA and was an All-American at Virginia, is in her second season as an SDSU assistant coach. She is involved in every facet of the program, including working primarily with the team's guards.
In her first campaign on the Mesa, Reiss helped the Aztecs sweep both the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships and advance to the NCAAs. With her guidance, guards Courtney Clements (MW Player of the Year, HM All-American) and Chelsea Hopkins (first-team all-MW, MW Tournament MVP) both earned postseason acclaim.
Reiss was an assistant coach for the WNBA Utah Starzz from 2001-02, before joining the franchise in its move to San Antonio in 2003. She helped head coach Candi Harvey with game and practice preparation, working primarily with the team's guards. Her other responsibilities included opponent scouting, talent evaluation, game management, player development and community relations.
The Starzz made their first-ever playoff appearance in 2001 and a year later, compiled a franchise-best 20-13 record en route to the Western Conference finals, where they fell to the eventual WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks.
The Eldred, N.Y., native spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, when Virginia advanced to the Elite Eight in 1995 and 1996, made it to the Sweet 16 in 1994 and claimed a pair of ACC regular-season titles in 1994 and 1995. Reiss assisted legendary head coach Debbie Ryan in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, game and practice preparation, player development, opponent scouting, film exchange and camp coordination.
One of the all-time greats in Virginia basketball history, she played for the Cavaliers from 1988-92, when the team made three consecutive Final Four appearances and earned two ACC regular-season and tournament titles. Reiss garnered both Kodak and USBWA All-America honors as a senior in 1992, was a four-time all-league honoree and twice was tabbed to the ACC championship all-tournament squad. The guard ended her career ranked first in school history in 3-pointers (139) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.416) and was second in points (1,842) and free throws (437).
Off the court, Reiss exceled in the classroom, where she was honored as an Academic All-American as a senior and was a three-time conference all-academic pick. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UVA in sports management in 1992, and was selected to the ACC's 50th anniversary women's basketball team in 2002.
Following her collegiate career, Reiss was chosen by the Utah Starzz in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the inaugural WNBA Draft in 1997. She averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per outing in two seasons with the Starzz.
Before moving to San Diego, she was the personal training director at Gold's Gym and an operations manager for ProTech in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area. Reiss has provided individual basketball instruction as owner and co-founder of Hoop Dream, Inc., as well as T & R Management.
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