Tamara Inoue joins the Aggie coaching staff after three seasons as
an assistant coach at Santa Clara University. She joined the Broncos' women's
basketball program in 2008. Inoue's primary responsibilities at Santa Clara
involved recruiting, film exchange, scouting and working with the Bronco
After six years of playing and coaching in Australia, Inoue
joined the staff in Santa Clara.
Inoue's playing days in Australia were cut short due to
injury. After rehabilitation in the United States, she returned to coach in
Australia's Victorian Basketball League (VBL).
The new NM State assistant earned VBL Coach of the Year
honors in 2006-07 with the Nunawading Spectres. She also coached the Knox
Raiders to a national championship the following season with a 27-1 record. The
Raiders avenged their lone loss in the title game. In addition to her head
coaching duties, she also helped run the Melbourne Roos club team. With the
Roos, she assisted in developing several NCAA Division I athletes that went on
to play in the U.S.
As a student-athlete Inoue played three seasons at Long Beach
State, ending her career in 2002, after transferring from University of
California at Berkeley. She was a two-time All-Big West honorable mention
selection with the 49ers.
As a senior, Inoue led the Big West in assists, averaging
5.9 per game. In her junior year she finished second in the league in assists
(4.6 per game), while averaging 9.6 points per game. Inoue also shot 45 percent
from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc as the 49ers advanced to the
Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Inoue was a USA Today
honorable mention All-American as a senior at Laguna Hills (Calif.) High School
in 1997. She averaged 14.0 points per game that season. A two-time league MVP,
she set single-game school records for points (30), assists (12) and steals
In 2002, Inoue earned a bachelor's degree in criminal
justice from Long Beach State.