Tamika Louis

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Tamika LaShun Louis
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1975-06-17) June 17, 1975 (age 42)
Flint, Michigan
Playing career
1993–1994 West Virginia
1995–1998 Fresno State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–1999 Fresno Central HS (asst.)
2000–2001 Cuyahoga CC (assoc. HC)
2001–2002 Rhodes HS (asst.)
2002–2005 Mott CC
2007–2009 Illinois (asst.)
2009–2011 St. John's (asst.)
2011–2012 George Washington (asst.)
2012–2015 Delaware State
Head coaching record
Overall 23–67 (college)
59–35 (junior college)
Tournaments 1–2 (NJCAA D-II)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards
  • MCCAA Coach of the Year (2005)

Tamika LaShun Louis (born June 17, 1975) is an American basketball coach who was most recently head women's basketball coach at Delaware State.

Early life and education[edit]

Louis was born in Flint, Michigan and was the second of five children to Robert and Joyce Louis. She attended and graduated from Flint Northern High School, where she lettered in basketball and track.

As a freshman at West Virginia University, Louis played 19 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 assists in the 1993–94 season.[1] She then transferred to Fresno State, where she played from 1995[2] to 1998[3] and became a captain and starting point guard. As a senior in 1997–98, Louis averaged 5.4 assists per game to rank fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in that statistic.[4]

Louis also was a member of the Fresno State Student-Athlete Advisory Board and had an internship with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Louis completed her bachelor's degree in communications in 1997 at Fresno State, enrolled in the master's in communication program by the start of her senior basketball season, and completed her master's degree in 1999.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Louis started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Central High School in Fresno, California in the 1998–99 season. She moved to Cleveland and was associate head coach at Cuyahoga Community College in 2000–01 and James Ford Rhodes High School in 2001–02.[5]

Mott CC[edit]

From 2002 to 2005, Louis was the head women's basketball coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, where she led her squad to a 59–35 overall record during her tenure, including a 28–9 record in 2004–05 that included a 16–0 MCCAA Eastern Conference record, NJCAA Region 12 title, and NJCAA Tournament berth. Louis earned Michigan Community College Athletic Association and NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year honors.[6][7][8][9]

Division I assistant (2007–2012)[edit]

From 2007 to 2009, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Illinois. During her time at U of I, she was recruited two top-20 ranked recruits Destiny Williams and Karisma Penn.[5]

From 2009 to 2011, Louis was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for St. John's.[10] Among her players was Second Team All-Big East and Freshman All-American Shennieka Smith.

In the 2011–12 season, Louis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2011-2012 season at George Washington.[11]

Delaware State[edit]

On May 31, 2012, Delaware State University hired Louis as women's basketball head coach.[9] In three seasons, Louis had a 23–67 record.[12] In her final season in 2014–15, multiple players' parents accused Louis of abusive behavior. One letter to the university president alleged that Louis used "harassment, intimidation, and threats to keep the players quiet about her dehumanizing behavior"; that letter led to the university formally investigating Louis and temporarily reassigning her within the athletic department in September 2014.[13] Delaware State reinstated Louis on October 15, 2014; Louis's attorney said the investigation found no wrongdoing on Louis's part.[14] On March 21, 2015, Delaware State decided not to renew Louis's contract.[15] Delaware State finished the 2014–15 season with a 5–25 record.[16]

Business career[edit]

In addition to coaching, Louis has also worked at General Motors from 1999 to 2007, including as a Service Development Manager for the Northeast Region. In 2003, she won the company's Corporate Woman of the Year Achievement Award for representing the Accessory Department.[5]

In 2015, Louis became communications manager at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.[17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Junior college[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mott Bears (MCCAA Eastern Conference) (2002–2005)
2002–03 Mott 19–11 10–3 T–2nd[18]
2003–04 Mott 12–16 7–9 6th[19]
2004–05 Mott 28–9 16–0 1st[6] NJCAA D-II Third Round[8]
Mott: 59–35 33–12
Total: 59–35

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Delaware State Hornets (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2012–2015)
2012–13 Delaware State 10–21 6–10 9th[20]
2013–14 Delaware State 8–21 3–13 T–12th[21]
2014–15 Delaware State 5–25 2–14 13th[16]
Delaware State: 23–67 11–37
Total: 23–67

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamika Louis". WVUStats.com. West Virginia University. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Final 1996 Women's Division I Statistics Report: Fresno State" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Final 1998 Women's Division I Statistics Report: Fresno State" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Barnes Arico Announces Addition Of Tamika Louis To Women's Basketball Staff". St. John's University. October 7, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tamika Louis". University of Illinois. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "2004-2005 MCCAA Women's Basketball Standings". MCCAA. Archived from the original on August 16, 2005. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mott Schedule and Scores: 2004-05". NJCAA. Archived from the original on May 24, 2005. 
  8. ^ a b "NJCAA Women's Basketball 2004-2005 Division II National Championship". NJCAA. Archived from the original on March 22, 2005. 
  9. ^ a b "Tamika Louis". Delaware State University. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  10. ^ St. John's Coaching Profile - Tamika Louis
  11. ^ "Tamika Louis". George Washington University. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ NCAA Career Statistics search for Tamika Louis under Coaches
  13. ^ Hominik, Sundra (September 17, 2014). "‘Serious’ allegations lodged against DSU basketball coach Tamika Louis". Dover Post. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ Goss, Scott, and Brown, Jeff (October 16, 2014). "Louis pleased with reinstatement as coach to DSU womens basketball team". Dover Post. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Hominik, Sundra (March 21, 2015). "DSU coach's contract not renewed; decision comes after Louis faced harassment claims from players". Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "MEAC Standings - 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamika-louis-06975232
  18. ^ "2002-2003 MCCAA Women's Basketball Standings". MCCAA. Archived from the original on June 22, 2003. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2003-2004 MCCAA Women's Basketball Standings". MCCAA. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  20. ^ "MEAC Standings - 2012-13". ESPN. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ "MEAC Standings - 2013-14". ESPN. Retrieved June 18, 2016.