McDowell Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach|
April 30, 2012
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati women’s basketball head coach Jamelle Elliott announced the addition of Tasha McDowell to her staff today (April 30). McDowell comes to UC after serving as head coach at Western Michigan for four seasons.
“I am elated to have Tasha join our Cincinnati family,” Elliott said. “She brings four years of head coaching experience at the Division I level as well as a stellar reputation of being an excellent recruiter. More importantly, Tasha is a first-class person who takes pride in her character and morals. She values loyalty and hard work and is 100 percent dedicated to everything that she does.”
"I am blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work with coach Elliott and her staff,” McDowell said. “Coach Elliott is a passionate and inspiring coach and I believe in her and her vision for Bearcats basketball. This is one of the best Universities in the country and I'm joining an amazing program. I'm looking forward to the future."
McDowell is a 15-year coaching veteran who has made seven postseason appearances and helped develop 12 all-conference award winners and eight professional players. While at WMU, she produced an All-Mid-American Conference selection and Academic All-MAC honoree in each of her seasons.
Prior to Western Michigan, McDowell served as an assistant at Wisconsin from 2005-08, where she helped develop perimeter players and assisted with recruiting.
During the 2006-07 season, McDowell helped the Badgers set a program record with 23 wins (23-13), as Wisconsin made its first post-season appearance since 2002. The Badgers posted a 4-1 record and finished as runners-up in the WNIT.
Prior to her appointment at Wisconsin, McDowell was an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara from 2001-2005, where she served as the recruiting coordinator, defensive coach, and helped coordinate the offense in her final season. She also served as the team's community outreach coordinator and was in charge of guard development.
Coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2004, the Gauchos finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 21-9 record, and made the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year.
Prior to her job at Santa Barbara, she was the second assistant at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where she aided in the Braves' recruiting efforts. She also spent two seasons at the University of Dayton, helping the Flyers record their first winning campaign in six years and advance to the 2000 postseason WNIT. McDowell began her coaching career as an assistant at St. Ambrose in 1997.
A native of Rock Island, Ill., McDowell has strong Midwestern roots and is a 1997 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, with a degree in mathematics. McDowell played four years of collegiate basketball, the first two of which were spent at Illinois Central College. After graduating from ICC, McDowell attended Southwest Missouri State before transferring to St. Ambrose. In her lone season with the Queen Bees, the team posted a 27-7 record and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.