Seven-year coaching veteran Tamisha Augustin enters her first season as an assistant coach at VCU after spending the 2012-13 campaign at Marshall University.
"I am extremely excited about bringing Coach Tamisha to our program," said VCU Head Coach Marlene Stollings. "She is a proven recruiter who is known for attracting top talent in our region. Coach Tamisha's interpersonal skills and personality will be key assets in recruiting, developing our young Rams and being a positive force for VCU. She is an outstanding addition to our Ram family."
Augustin has shown her knack for building relationships on the recruiting trail throughout her career, signing a Top 100 recruit during just one season at Marshall. Prior to joining the Thundering Herd, she spent two years as an assistant at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member South Carolina State from 2010-12, where she helped tutor a pair of all-conference selections in Whitney Wiley (2011 Second Team All-MEAC) and Cabriel Duren (2012 MEAC All-Rookie), while also signing a JUCO All-American in Brittany Cochran.
Augustin has made several successful stops in the AAU and high school coaching circuit as well. Most recently, she returned to her hometown of Hampton, Va., as the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Bethel High School where she guided the Bruins to a 15-win season in 2008-09.
From 2006-08, Augustin served as head coach for the Georgia Metro Nike Travel Team, while also coaching boys’ teams at Henry County (Ga.) High School in 2007-08 and at Love Joy (Ga.) High School from 2006-07. During her time as an AAU coach, she developed 12 athletes that went on to play Division I basketball.
“I am very excited about the opportunity that Coach Stollings has extended to me,” Augustin said. “The staff here at VCU has a dynamic background and are proven winners. Coach Stollings is very passionate and has exemplified her hard work on her journey to winning championships. It is a privilege to work with such a decorated staff and prestigious university. The future for VCU is very bright.”
Following her four-year playing career at Alabama A&M, Augustin gained valuable international experience when she became the first American to play for professional club KSC-Szekszard (Hungary) during the 2008-09 season before an injury halted her playing career.
As a shooting guard at Alabama A&M from 2002-06, Augustin was a two-time All-SWAC selection and a four-year team captain. She averaged a team-best 10.1 points per game to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a freshman en route to earning all-conference accolades. Following an injury-plagued sophomore campaign, Augustin quickly recovered, averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists during her final two collegiate seasons.
She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from A&M in 2005 and went on to earn her master’s in microbiology in 2007.
Augustin continued her education in 2010, receiving a master’s in education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in leadership.