Former WNBA player hired as MWHS coach

By Blaze Fugina Community Editor

After two seasons as the head coach of a Brooklyn Park charter school, former WNBA basketball player Tamara Moore will be the new head coach of the Mound Westonka High School girls basketball team.

The eight year pro’s basketball career included a brief stop with the Lynx, and Moore amassed over 600 points in her career with seven teams. Moore said that she continues to use knowledge she gained from the WNBA to help her as a basketball coach.

"One thing most people don’t realize is that I played for a lot of teams," said Moore, a 1998 winner of the Minnesota Miss Basketball award. "I had 13 different coaches in my career, whether it be a coaching change or they stepped down. The WNBA has helped me as a coach by just being able to pick apart knowledge from each coach."

Moore recently was the head coach for the Prairie Seeds Academy charter school from 2010 to 2012, and she coached the team to a record of 26-17 over two seasons. The school made it to the Section 4A championship game before losing to Maranatha Christian Academy.

After the 2012 season, Moore said she was looking towards finding a new location to coach.

"To be honest, I was dabbling with a few different options," she said. "I was looking for an upgrade to the situation I was in."

Moore said that she actually applied for the MWHS boys basketball head coach position, but that is when Athletic Director Dion Koltes told her there was a position open with the girls team.

"A lot of people were giving me insight," she said. "I heard that it was a really good program."

After she was hired, Koltes said that he is looking forward to Moore coming to MWHS.

"We are very excited to have Coach Moore on board and look forward to her previous experience and success at all levels," he said. Moore visited the school on June 21 to meet some of the girls and receive a tour. She said she had the opportunity to meet many of the girls who were at a volleyball practice

"I am really excited to meet all the girls," she said. "I am excited to hear all of the support behind the program, that is the biggest thing."

The team will start practice this Monday with optional skills training sessions three days a week. Moore also said she plans on getting the team into a summer league taking place in the Twin Cities.

White Hawks basketball team

The MWHS girls basketball team is coming off an 11-13 season last year, which included a conference record of 4-12. The White Hawks lost in the first round of the 6AAA Section playoffs to the Holy Family Catholic High School.

The basketball team could see many of their players returning from last year. Of the 12 players on the varsity roster last year, three are graduating seniors.

Tamara Moore playing career

Moore’s basketball career began after her 1998 graduation from Minneapolis North Community High School.

After graduating high school, Moore played four years at the University of Wisconsin. Moore was drafted in the 15th round of the WNBA draft by the Miami Sol. In her WNBA career, she played for the Sol, the Minnesota Lynx, the Detroit Shock, the Phoenix Mercury, the New York Liberty, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Houston Comets.