Tasha Pointer has been named assistant women's basketball coach as announced by head coach Kevin McGuff on August 31. Pointer comes to Xavier from Columbia University, where she spent the last two years as an assistant coach.
"I am excited to bring Tasha into the Xavier basketball family," said McGuff. "Her talent and ability to relate to young people will instantly impact our program in a positive way. Additionally, Tasha is a person of high character and I am looking forward to her joining my staff."
While at Columbia, Pointer coordinated the Lions' recruiting efforts and was in charge of developing Columbia's perimeter players.
Prior to her time with Columbia, Pointer was an Organization Affiliate for Athletes in Action. While with Athletes in Action, Pointer traveled to Nigeria with the team, participated in exhibition games against top collegiate basketball programs and also did motivational speaking.
A 2001 graduate of Rutgers, Pointer led the team to its first appearance in the Final Four in 2000 and served as team captain. Pointer garnered numerous honors during her collegiate career, including Big East Rookie of the Year (1998), Big East First Team (1999, 2001), Big East All-Tournament Team (2000) and Associated Press All-America honorable mention (2000).
Pointer was also honored by the Big East Conference when she was named to the Big East 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Team in 2003. Pointer is still the record holder on Rutgers' all-time assist and steals list with 839 and 292, respectively. She is also finished her career with 1,456 points.
Pointer earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass media from RU and earned her master's degree in education administration and supervision form RU in 2003.