May 16, 2019

Ohio Native Tamika Jeter Named Assistant Coach


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff announced on Thursday that Tamika Jeter has been named an assistant coach.

Jeter is no stranger to Ohio State. She spent six seasons on the Buckeyes staff from 2002-08 helping lead the program to the NCAA Tournament each year. The former Tamika Williams was a two-time Ohio High School Player of the Year and the No. 1-ranked player in the nation coming at Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.

“I’m excited to welcome Tamika, Richie and their children back to Ohio State,” said McGuff. “First and foremost, she’s going to be an outstanding role model for the young women in our program. Specifically as an Ohio native, she’ll be particularly impactful on the recruiting trail as we try to get the best players in the state to stay home. Her championship experience as a player and a coach is going to be extremely valuable as we continue to establish this program as one of the nation’s best.”

A two-time national champion and a seven-year veteran of the WNBA, Jeter has 13 years of experience on a collegiate sideline. In addition to her time at Ohio State, she spent two seasons at Kansas, two seasons at Kentucky and the previous three years at Penn State. She has been to the postseason 11 of her 13 seasons on the bench.

Jeter was a four-year standout at UConn. She was the 1999 National Freshman of the Year and helped lead UConn to the 2000 & 2002 National Championships. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2000 title run. Jeter still holds the NCAA career field goal percentage record at 70.3 percent.

She was drafted No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Lynx where she played for six seasons before finishing her career with the Connecticut Sun. Her efficiency around the rim continued from college as she set the WNBA single-season field goal percentage record at 66.8 percent in 2003. She won the 2008 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award which is awarded annually to a WNBA player who best exhibits the characteristics of a leader in the community. Jeter was also inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.