Lady Lions Alum Tanisha Wright Joins WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces Coaching Staff

After launching a 14-year WNBA career, former Penn State women’s basketball star Tanisha Wright will return to the league as part of the Las Vegas Aces’ coaching staff in 2020.

Wright served as a key player for the Lady Lions from 2001 to 2005. She finished her collegiate career averaging 14.8 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game. Before heading to the WNBA, Wright earned three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards. She currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,995 points scored in 134 career games.

In 2005, Wright joined the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as a first-round draft pick. She played there until 2014 and won a WNBA title with the team. Wright went on to play for the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx before retiring in 2019.

Wright performed well professionally and ended her career averaging seven points, three assists, and two rebounds per game. She wrapped up as a seven-time All-Defensive team player. Additionally, she ranks eighth in career games played and 10th in career assists.

She now joins the coaching staff led by head coach Bill Laimbeer and assistant coach Vickie Johnson. Should the team play this year, she will be the third coach on the sidelines.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have to continue my coaching career and learn from two of the best in the business in Coach Laimbeer and Coach Johnson,” Wright said in a release. “I hope that my experience and knowledge of the game will be a strong resource in my new position with the Aces.”

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Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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