Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. –NM State Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tamara Inoue has been appointed interim Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for the Aggies by NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia.
Inoue will continue to coach the defending Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies while serving in the administrative role.
Among the duties Inoue will assume as the interim SWA are review and support of NM State’s gender equity and Title IX initiatives and membership, advocating issues important to student-athletes – female and male, and reviewing the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report as well as the Gender Equity Plan.
“Tamara has a great athletics background, is an outstanding young coach and is well respected by her peers in the athletic department,” said Moccia. “We have been without a true SWA the last few years and it is a very important role that needed to be filled by a female. I know Tamara will do a great job in performing the responsibilities of her coaching duties and those of the SWA.”
“I’m a team player and want to help out in any way I can,” said Inoue. “I really believe in Mario and where we’re going. This will be an exciting challenge.”
Inoue played a key role in coaching the Aggies to the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Championship and NM State’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 27 years. The 2015 Aggies posted a program best 22-8 record and won the WAC regular season with a 13-1 record. She also helped head coach Mark Trakh direct the Aggies to their first WAC Tournament title and the program’s conference tournament championship in 20 years.
Inoue came to NM State in 2011 after three seasons as an assistant at Santa Clara University from 2008-11. She coached two years in Australia’s Victorian Basketball League, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2006-07 with the Nunawading Specres, and leading the Knox Raiders to a national championship in 2007-08.
An two-time honorable mention All-Big West performer at Long Beach State, Inoue helped the 49ers to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Inoue is a 2002 graduate in criminal justice from Long Beach State.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Taylor had been representing the position which was unfilled following the departure of former associate athletic director Maria Roth over two years ago.