Former Rutgers star Pointer returning as assistant coach
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Former Rutgers basketball star Tasha Pointer is returning to the team as an assistant coach.
Coach Coquese Washington announced the hiring of the Scarlet Knights' all-time assists leader on Monday.
"Tasha is a Scarlet Knight legend and I am beyond thrilled that she will, once again, lead our program as an assistant coach," Washington said in a release from the school. "Her experience as a former player and alum, her passion for coaching, and her love for this University are traits that will have a powerful impact on our student-athletes."
This will be Pointer's second stint as an assistant at Rutgers. She served for eight seasons (2007-15) under Naismith Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer, who retired earlier this year.
Pointer led Rutgers to the 2000 Final Four, the hallmark of a 128-game career that produced program-record totals of 839 assists and 292 steals while scoring 1,456 points. Pointer was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Following a three-year career in the WNBA, Pointer was an assistant coach at Columbia and Xavier before joining Stringer's staff. She later worked at St. John's and Northwestern in 2017-18 before landing her first head coaching job at UIC from 2018-22.
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Updated June 27, 2022