“Tamisha is one of the best in the game,” Finley said. “Her authentic care for people, combined with her work ethic and knowledge, makes her the total package. We are delighted that Tamisha is joining our team and looking forward to all that we will strive to achieve together.”
Augustin will head to Gainesville after spending the 2021-22 campaign in the NBA G-League, where he has served as assistant coach to Jason Terry’s staff for Grand Rapids Gold, the G-League affiliate for the Denver Nuggets.
“I’m happy to join the Gators family and look forward to building on the foundation that Coach Finley has created,” said Augustin. “Kelly is a rising star in our women’s basketball discipline and I admire her work ethic, compassion and dedication to this game. Through my faith, love and passion for the game, I will strive every day to build a championship culture for our UF student athletes. I’m grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, Gator Nation! “
Augustin, who was no stranger to the Southeastern Conference, recorded a brief stint as assistant coach and recruitment coordinator at Mississippi State beginning in April 2021, before accepting a position at Grand Rapids Gold.
Prior to his time in Mississippi State, Augustin, who was named the 2021 World Exposure Report Assistant Coach of the Year, spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in Arizona. While in Tucson, Augustin helped guide the Wildcats to the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2021. Arizona defeated its enemies in the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four by double-digit points during the race, including an impressive 69-59 victory over no. 1 UConn and Final Four.
In addition to playing their first appearance in the national title fight, Arizona recorded a 45-13 mark during Augustin’s time with the program, including seven wins against top-10 opponents. She focused on her work with mail players and was instrumental in the development of Cate Reese, a two-time All-PAC-12 honorary and Naismith Trophy candidate. Augustin is also a recognized elite recruiter helping to pick up three top-100 players and a duo of top transfers. Her efforts helped lay the foundation for the sixth-best recruitment class in the country last spring.
During its first season with the program, the Wildcats finished 24-7, a draw for the second-most wins in Arizona history, which included three wins over top-10 opponents and their first top-five win ever when they defeated No. 4 Stanford in overtime. Arizona’s victory over Corvallis over No. 9 in Oregon State also marked the first time they beat a top-10 team on the road.
On the recruiting front, Augustin Arizona helped sign the five-star prospect, twice Gatorade National Player of the Year and Jordan Brand Classic selection, Lauren Ware, in 2020. She also played a key role in signing transfers Bendu Yeaney and 2020 Sixth Player of the Year in ACC, Trinity Baptiste, who both started at the national number two.
Prior to his time at Tucson, Augustin spent a year in Cincinnati (2017-18) and Minnesota (2016-17). As a Bearcat, Augustin Cincinnati helped to a season with 19 wins, most wins since the 2002-03 season in addition to securing their first postseason bid since the 2012 campaign with an invitation to WNIT. In collaboration with Iimar’i Thomas, she helped the novice to AAC Freshman of the Year.
In the summer of 2016, Augustin was one of seven assistant coaches from across the country selected to participate in the Advocates for Athletic Equity’s (AAE) annual “Achieving Coaching Excellence” (ACE) Professional Development Program. The program is recognized for helping boost the careers of some of the best minority coaches in the college game.
The 2022-23 season will not mark Augustin’s first coaching position in the state of Florida, as she was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for UCF from 2014-16. During her tenure, Zykira Lewis achieved honors for second teams throughout the league, setting the UCF single-season record with 86 triples and averaging 18.9 points per game. match in 2014-15.
At the collegiate level, Augustin’s career began in South Carolina State, where she was an assistant coach from 2010-12.
Augustin played collegiate in the Alabama A&M from 2002-06 and was twice All-SWAC shooting guard and four times captain.
Augustin graduated from Alabama A&M with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2005. She took a master’s degree in microbiology there in 2007 and obtained a master’s degree in education from Regent University in 2010.
What they say about Tamisha
“Coach T is more than an amazing coach, she’s an amazing person. Her passion for people, her knowledge of the game and her presence on the field is undeniable. I wish her nothing but success in Florida.”
– Jason Terry
Head Coach, Grand Rapids Gold
“Tamisha Augustin was an integral part of building our team in its first year. She had an amazing ability to connect with every member of our team and staff. She is a winner in every sense of the word, and she will be a big reason why the Gators want to build a championship program. “
– Scott Howard
Director of Players, Denver Nuggets | GM, Grand Rapids Gold
Coach Tamisha is the definition of a player coach! She is one of the most prepared coaches I have ever been around on any level. In our short time together, she helped me with pitch adjustments and film breakdowns. She has gained the respect of all the players and it says a lot about who she is and what she is about.My time with the coach was fantastic and I can not thank her enough for my development in a short time together.One of the best in game!”
Isaiah Thomas, Charlotte Hornets
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