Tari Cummings, a former Big 12 standout with five years of coaching experience, enters her second season at UC, serving as UC's recruiting coordinator, and mentoring the post players.
Cummings spent four seasons at Arkansas-Fort Smith under long-time head coach Louis Whorton, where she helped the Lions to three NJCAA National Tournament appearances, including a pair of final fours and a consolation championship. She mentored three NJCAA all-Americans during her tenure at UA-Fort Smith.
A 1998-99 NJCAA all-American at UA-Fort Smith (then Westark College), Cummings served as team captain during each of her two years and helped the Lions to a seventh-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament in 1997-98. She earned all-American honors in 1999 and her 1,262 career points ranked third in the program's history. She went on to play two seasons at Oklahoma State University, where she was an all-Big 12 performer in 2001-02, averaging 13.1 points per contest and leading the Cowgirls with 6.9 rebounds per game.
Cummings earned her Associate of Arts degree from Westark College in 1999 and received a B.S. in sociology from Oklahoma State in 2003.
A native of Pocola, Okla., Cummings has an eight-year-old daughter, Tiya.