Black Canadian Coach Named HC at University of Toronto

Toronto, ON: Tamara Tatham is a former Canadian professional basketball player and Olympian turned U Sports coach. The Brampton, Ontario native played with the Canadian senior women’s national basketball team (SWNT) from 2007-16.

Tamara Tatham, Forward, Team Canada. Photo credit: The Star

Tamara was a four year letter winner and starting Forward at the University of Massachusetts, where she earned an athletic scholarship and cemented her place in history as she finished as the 11th player to score 1000 career points and Top 10 in program history in steals, rebounds and 1000 career points.

Tamara has been passionate about giving back to the community in her journey from player to coach. After working as a Sports Marketing Intern at UMASS she returned home. In 2013 Tamara and her sister Alisha -who was also a member of Canada’s SWNT- co-founded LEVEL UP, a Toronto based mentorship initiative for young women, providing guidance through on-court basketball training, as well as life skills sessions.

In 2018-19, Tamara made history when she was selected as the first female to coach professional Men’s basketball in Canada with her appointment as a Mentee Coach to the Raptors 905. At the university level,Tamara served 3 years as an Assistant Coach at the University of Toronto alongside longtime Coach Michele Belanger , who announced her retirement after 41 years of coaching the Varsity Blues.

I am feeling absolutely blessed to have this amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to continuing to impact the lives of my student athletes while seeing them grow over my time with them.

It has been an interesting year with covid, and we have all faced setback but, in the same breath we have all grown tremendously. When the day comes to step out and compete, I truly believe the joy of our sport will shine through.

On what appointment of Head Coach for University of Toronto Women’s Basketball during the covid-19 pandemic means ?

Tamara was officially announced as Head Coach on April 26, 2021 following a national search conducted by University of Toronto’s Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Athletics and Co-Curricular Physical Activity.

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