Tasha Pointer

By Richard Kent
Updated: January 11, 2006

NEW JERSEY—She is right now the assistant women’s basketball coach at Columbia and is very happy in that position. Don’t kid yourself. She will soon be a head coach, probably in one of the power Conferences in the nation. Tasha Pointer joined Columbia as an assistant coach at the start of the 2004-5 season. Head coach Paul Nixon, formerly at Indiana, stated at the time, “I feel extremely privileged to have Tasha Pointer as an assistant coach on my staff. I have admired her as an athlete for years and have seen her translate many of the same qualities she brought to the court into her coaching career. She is an excellent communicator with our players.”

After her graduation from Rutgers in 2001 Pointer was drafted to play for the now defunct Portland Fire of the WNBA. She survived until the last cut.

While at Rutgers she led the team to its first ever appearance in the Final Four in 2000 in Philadelphia and served as team captain. She gained numerous honors during her collegiate career including Big East Rookie of the Year in 1998 and Big East First Team in 1999 and 2001. She was also honored by the Big East Conference when she was named to the Big East 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Team in 2003. She still ranks no. 1 on Rutgers’ all time list for assists with 839. That is an all time record for both men and women.

She graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass media in 2001 and received her master’s in education with a concentration in administration and supervision in 2003.

In high school Pointer was named to the Parade All American First Team coming out of Chicago. She is expert at teaching skills to guards and has worked heavily with the Columbia guards in her stint there. Columbia is a much improved team at that position due to her efforts. She is a tireless worker and can often be found in her office late at night breaking down tape.

Don’t expect it to happen in the next few years but it won’t be long until you see Pointer patrolling the sidelines at a school like Minnesota, Clemson, Auburn or Ohio State. She is that good.