A new era began on May 31, 2012 for the Delaware State University women's basketball team as President Harry L. Williams introduced Tamika L. Louis, a former championship junior college head coach and Division I assistant coach, as the new head coach.
Year two under Louis, the Lady Hornets were hit hard on the injury front to finish 2013-14 at 8-21 (3-13 MEAC). Notable non-conference wins for DSU, however, were victories at Manhattan (80-69) and a 90-83 overtime triumph over the Atlantic 10’s George Mason. Earning yearly honors was guard Raven Bankston receiving MEAC Third Team and All-Rookie Team recognition. Additionally, Bankston’s team-best 21.3 points per game was not only good for second in the conference and 25th in the nation, but her 595 points set a new DSU single-season scoring record.
In her first season (2012-13), the Lady Hornets finished 10-21 overall, including 6-10 in MEAC action to earn the ninth seed in the conference tournament. Nevertheless, DSU took down the eighth-seeded Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the opening round, 55-44, to snap a five-year MEAC tournament skid. Meanwhile, forward Tierra Hawkins was able to garner Second Team All-MEAC honors by leading the Lady Hornets in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).
Louis arrived at Delaware State with 14 years of coaching and recruiting experience on the NCAA Division I, Junior College and high school levels. Before accepting the position at DSU, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011-12 season at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
From 2009-11, Louis was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for St. John's University, where she was in charge of organizing all recruiting initiatives, game scouting, overseeing player academic progress and of-court mentoring. Additionally, she was responsible for the development of the Red Storm guards, including Second Team All-Big East and Freshman All-American Shennieka Smith.
Prior to her time at SJU, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Illinois from 2007-09 where she was instrumental in signing the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked players in the 2009 class in the country, according to ESPN Hoop Girl and Blue Star rankings, in All-Americans Destiny Williams and Karisma Penn.
From 2002-05, she was the head women's basketball coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., where she led her squad to a 58-33 overall record during her tenure. The 2004-05 squad boasted a 16-0 conference record and was 27-7 overall en route to a NJCAA Region XII championship and bid to the NJCAA Tournament. For her efforts during this stellar season, Louis was named the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and Region XII Coach of the Year.
Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Louis had stints as an assistant and associate basketball coach at Central High School in Fresno, Calif., Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.
After playing her freshman year (1993-94) at West Virginia University, Louis transferred to Fresno State, where she was the starting point guard and captain from 1995-98. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in communications from Fresno State University.
"As the Lady Hornets' head coach, I will be a servant-leader and hope that my energy, dedication and work ethic will be infectious to the young ladies on the team."
Louis added: "We will establish a winning culture here with an expectation to excel in the classroom and on the court, resulting in MEAC championships. Just as important, we will develop future leaders who, upon graduation, will make an immediate impact in our global society and positively represent DSU."
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