Former WNBA star is new Simmons basketball coach
After the departure of longtime basketball coach Tony Price, the Simmons Sharks welcome professional basketball star Kristen Rasmussen Tarr as the new head coach for the 2011-12 season. Coach Rasmussen Tarr was the first player from Michigan State University to play in the Women's National Basketball Association after being drafted in the fourth round in 2000.
During her professional career, Coach Rasmussen Tarr played for eight teams and started for five. It was with the Phoenix Mercury that she led in field goal percentage (51.2%), rebounding (136) and blocks (27), and marked a single game high of five made 3-point shots. She tallied 82.5% in career free throw percentage.
While at MSU, Coach Rassmussen Tarr was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Spartans, and she helped lead her team to several NCAA and NIT Championship appearances. She is the No. 2 all-time shot blocker and No. 9 all-time scorer (1035 points). As a senior, she was voted team MVP, and was nominated for the NCAA Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year.
Director of Athletics Ali Kantor is optimistic about Coach Rasmussen Tarr leading the Sharks:
Kristen is a world class professional basketball player and I am truly excited to have Kristen join our staff. She brings a wealth of basketball knowledge from the highest level possible. She is a proven leader who demonstrates passion and a love of the game, a competitive drive and a will to win. In addition, she demonstrates a compassion for teaching and women's athletics. I have no doubt Kristen will lead Simmons basketball to success.