Tanya (Bauer) Nash, who's spent the past seven years as a NCAA Division I assistant, has been named the University of Minnesota Duluth's new head women's basketball coach. The announcement was made today by UMD Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bob Nielson.
"Tanya brings a tremendous balance of energy, passion and a high level of coaching experience to our women's basketball program," said Nielson. "I am confident she will be able to build on our strong basketball tradition at UMD and provide great future leadership."
Nash, 32, served as the top assistant at Santa Clara University for the past four years, helping guide the Broncos to a West Coast Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004-05, as well as a WCC regular season championship and a WNIT berth one year ago.
Prior to Nash's arrival on the West Coast, she followed current University of Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone to Drake University, where she assisted on the sidelines from 2000 to 2003. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a 64-27 record, including the 2001 Missouri Valley Conference championship and two NCAA tournament berths, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2002.
The 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (B.S. degree in elementary/middle school education), entered the coaching arena in 1999-2000 working as an assistant under Stone at her alma mater. One year earlier, she capped off a four-year playing career by garnering Kodak NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention recognition in 1998. The Durand, Wis., native earned All Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team honors during the 1997-98 season, and was selected to the WIAC All-Defensive Team three consecutive years.
Nash concluded her career with 1,022 points and currently ranks 12th in Blugold history. She also ranks 12th in assists (271) and 15th in rebounds (513). Nash owns the single-season Wisconsin-Eau Claire record for three-point shooting (.463), and career (.368) and the single-game record for free throws made percentage. She led her teams to the NCAA Division III tournament all four seasons, advancing to the Elite Eight on two occasions, including a national runner-up finish in the Final Four in 1996-97.
"First and foremost, I want to thank the university for this exciting opportunity to take over a great program," said Nash, who becomes the eighth full-time head coach in the 37-year history of Bulldog women's basketball. "UMD has such an incredible tradition of success and Karen Stromme built a really solid foundation for the future. My husband Mark and I are definitely looking forward to being a part of the Bulldog family and the Duluth community."
Nash succeeds Dave Stromme, who served as interim head coach in 2006-07, when the Bulldogs went 15-14 overall and 5-7 in the NCC this past season.
"The potential here is unlimited," said Nash, who officially begins her UMD appointment on April 30. "I really feel the ingredients for success are here and with lots of hard work and teamwork, the sky is the limit."