Tara Jones, who played collegiate ball at Indiana University, is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Washington State women's basketball program.
Jones' responsibilities at WSU are recruiting, scout preparation, player individual skill development, monitoring team academic performance, and coordinating Cougar individual summer camps.
Jones was a four-year letterwinner as a guard at Indiana University from 1998-2002. During the 2001-02 season, Jones was the senior captain and a starter for a Hoosier team that captured their first Big Ten Championship in school history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
While at Indiana, Jones played for then Hoosier Head Coach Kathi Bennett, daughter of WSU Head Men's Basketball Coach Dick Bennett.
Jones' success as a player led her to coaching. After graduating from Indiana and prior to arriving at WSU, Jones served as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida where she worked with head coach Jose Fernandez for two years in the Conference USA Conference. During her second season at USF, the Bulls earned their first WNIT appearance since 1984.
Jones is currently nearing the completion of a master's degree in criminal justice at WSU. She also serves as an active member of the Graduate and Professional Student Association and the Athletic Mentoring Program.
The Jones File
BORN: Aug.4, 1979
HOMETOWN: Memphis, Tenn.
HIGH SCHOOL: Kirby High School
COLLEGE: Indiana University (1998-2002) - earned bachelor's degree in criminal justice, minored in African-American studies.
University of South Florida, 2002-04 - Assistant Women's Basketball Coach. Responsibilities included recruiting, scout preparation, and the development of marketing and promotion plans for the program.
Mike Davis Hoosier Basketball Camp Counselor, 2001 - Worked with individual campers to enhance skills; instructed skill development stations; worked individually with one team, teaching team offense and defense.
Michael Jordan Basketball Camp Instructor; 2001 - Worked with individual players to develop specific skills; supervised defensive drills and station work.
Indiana Women's Basketball Camp Counselor; 1998-2002 - Instructed guard play; demonstrated individual skills, provided instruction during specific individual drill stations; evaluated individual performance.
Division 1 Athlete, Indiana University - Women's basketball player. Four-year letterwinner; member of team that captured its first Big Ten Championship in school history (2002).