Former WNBA guard Tamra Moore has been hired as the men's basketball coach at Mesabi Range College in Minnesota. The hiring makes Moore the only woman coaching men's college basketball in the country.
History Made..!! Mesabi Range has hired former 6 year WNBA Pro Tamara Moore to be the NEW head Men’s Basketball Coach. Welcome to the MRC family…!! pic.twitter.com/CD5AP8DGFG
— mesabirangembb (@mesabirangembb) April 11, 2020
"I'm beyond blessed to star this new decade with this amazing honor," said Moore on her Facebook page. "I would like to thank Mesabi Range College for this great opportunity and I know we will be successful."
The school is a two-year junior college (NJCAA) located in Virginia, Minnesota. The Norsemen finished 6-19 last season. In addition to her men's basketball duties, Moore stated she will also coach the softball team at Mesabi Range College. Prior to accepting the position at Mesabi Range College, Moore coached girls high school basketball at Edison High School in Minneapolis.
"Now, it's time for me to show you guys and show people that women are just as knowledgeable as men to coach the game," Moore said to ESPN following the announcement.
Moore is a Wisconsin native who played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following graduation in 2002, Moore was selected No. 15 overall in the WNBA draft by the Miami Sol. The five-foot-ten guard went on to see action bouncing around from the Minnesota Lynx, Detroit Shock, Phoenix Mercury, New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets between 2002 and 2007. She also has experience playing professionally overseas.
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