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Former San Diego State assistant coach Tammi Reiss was hired as
an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton on June 7, 2013.
Reiss is entering her second season with the Titans in 2014-15.
She will continue to develop the guards and play a key role in both
offense and defense. In her first season at Cal State Fullerton,
she helped senior guard Alex Thomas reach the 1,000 point career
mark and be named to the All-Big West Second Team. Reiss also was
instrumental in Chante Miles' success during her junior season as
she was named to the conference's honorable mention team.
"I am thrilled to have a person with Tammi's enthusiasm and
experience join our program here at Cal State Fullerton," said
Park. "She brings an amazing background having played for the
legendary Coach Debbie Ryan at Virginia and then to coach at SDSU
with Beth Burns, who I have so much respect for, I know Tammi has
learned from two of the best in the business."
Reiss becomes the third and final addition to the Titans' coaching
staff for the 2013-14 season, joining fellow assistant coaches Taja
Edwards and Steven Fennelly, who were both hired on May 2 after
spending time at Ole Miss and Iowa State respectively.
Reiss recently completed her second season at SDSU, helping
guide the Aztecs to an impressive 53-14 overall record, 27-4
conference mark, to go along with back-to-back Mountain West
regular season championships, one Mountain West tournament
championship, one NCAA Tournament appearance, and one trip to the
Under Reiss' tutelage, the Aztecs collected two 14-plus game win
streaks, including a stretch last season where SDSU won 15 straight
contests and 18 of its last 20 games to end the season, including a
69-46 win over UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the WNIT.
While at San Diego State, she also helped develop Courtney
Clements and Chelsea Hopkins into two of the best guards in the
nation, as Clements just recently became one of three rookies to
make the WNBA's Atlanta Dream roster, after receiving honorable
mention All-America recognition each of the past two seasons with
Aztecs, including being named the Mountain West Player of the Year
for the 2011-12 campaign. Hopkins also collected Mountain West
first-team honors last season, while joining Clements on the WBCA's
All-Region VII team.
Before arriving at SDSU, Riess also found success in the
professional ranks, as she served as an assistant coach for the
WNBA's Utah Starzz from 2001-02, before joining the franchise in
its move to San Antonio in 2003.
While with the Starzz, the franchise made their first-ever
postseason appearance in 2001 and a year later improved upon that,
as Utah advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals,
before eventually falling to the eventual WNBA Champion Los Angeles
Prior to that, Riess spent three seasons an assistant coach at
her alma mater, guiding Virginia to three Sweet 16 appearances, two
trips to the Elite Eight, and a pair of ACC regular season titles
in 1994 and 1995 under the guidance of legendary head coach Debbie
Her basketball success also extends to her playing career, as
she is considered one of the all-time greats in Virginia women's
basketball history. As a player (1988-92) she helped lead the
Cavaliers to three straight Final Four appearances and was a
four-time all-league honoree and twice was tabbed to the ACC
championship all-tournament squad. The guard ended her career
ranked first in school history in three-pointers (139) and
three-point field-goal percentage (.416), and was second in points
(1,842) and free throws (437).
After her collegiate playing career, the Utah Starzz selected
her as the fifth overall pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft. Reiss
averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game in two
seasons with the Starzz.
"Tammi's accolades speak for themselves," said Park. "She will
do an amazing job relating to our student-athletes and providing
them with a first hand account of what it takes to be successful
not only on the court, but in life.
"I have had a chance to spend many hours discussing my coaching
philosophy with Tammi and it was evident very early on that her
values and beliefs match those of this program. She will fit right
in at Cal State Fullerton."
The Eldred, New York native was an Academic All-American as a
senior and was a three-time conference all-academic selection. She
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management from the
University of Virginia in 1992.