Tamika Louis spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini from 2007-09. Hired on June 14, 2007, Louis served as the recruiting coordinator and was heavily involved in scouting, academic progress and the development of the UI guards. She also served as a mentor in preparing the student-athletes for life beyond basketball.
Louis helped coach the Illini to a 20-win season and the verge of the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08, and also was instrumental in bringing Jolette Law's first Illinois recruiting class of Macie Blinn, Fabiola Josil, Eboni Mitchell, Lana Rukavina and Whitney Toone to Champaign-Urbana. She also played a big role in the emergence of Rebecca Harris as one of the top point guards in the Big Ten, and helped Lori Bjork and Chelsea Gordon to solid seasons while also staying on top of the academic and career endeavors of the entire team.
In 2008-09, Louis helped Coach Law and staff reel in the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation according to Blue Star. The class included McDonald's All-American Destiny Williams, who was ranked as the nation's No. 8 recruit and helped Team USA win gold at the 2009 U19 World Championships, and Karisma Penn, who ranked as the No. 18 recruit in the nation. The class also included four more top-150 stars in Adrienne Godbold (No. 36), Brianna Jones (No. 43), Amber Moore (No. 109) and Kersten Magrum (No. 149).
Louis brought collegiate head coaching experience with her to Illinois. She served as the head coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., for three seasons from 2002-05, where she had a record of 58-33. Louis led the 2004-05 team to a perfect 16-0 conference record, a Regional Championship and a National Tournament berth. For her efforts, she was named both Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and Regional Coach of the Year, while also making sure the team took care of business off the court with a team G.P.A. over 3.0.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Mott, Louis was an assistant coach for Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio, (2001-02), and was an associate head coach at both Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland (2000-01) and Central High School in Fresno, Calif. (1998-99).
In addition to coaching, Louis has also worked at General Motors for the last eight years (1999-2007) in the Northeast Region, most recently as a Service Development Manager. At G.M., she used her business savvy and unlimited enthusiasm to gain several promotions and won the Corporate Woman of the Year Achievement Award representing the Accessory Department in 2003. After her coaching stint at Mott ended in 2005, Louis stayed active in the women's game, mentoring former student-athletes and working as a summer camp coach for the Rutgers women's basketball program.
Louis attended and played at California State University - Fresno (Fresno State) from 1994-98, where she was a captain and starting point guard. She finished her career ranked seventh on the school's all-time assist list, and ranked fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in assists during her senior season (1997-98) at 5.4 per game. Louis was also very involved off the court at Fresno State as a member of the University President's Advisory Council, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, the Academic Integrity Board and the NCAA Accreditation Board to name a few. In addition, she interned with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and was an associate professor, teaching courses in communications while at Fresno State.
Louis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fresno State in 1997 and a Master of Arts in Communications from Fresno State in 1999.
THE LOUIS FILE
Hometown: Flint, Mich.
California State University - Fresno (Fresno State)
B.A. in Communications, 1997
M.A. in Communications, 1999
2007-09 Assistant Coach, University of Illinois
2002-05 Head Coach, Mott Community College, Flint, Mich.
2001-02 Assistant Coach, Rhodes High School, Cleveland, Ohio
2000-01 Associate Head Coach, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
1998-99 Associate Head Coach, Central High School, Fresno, Calif.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
1999-2007 Service Development Manager, General Motors Corporation, Northeast Region
1994-98 Fresno State University
1993-94 West Virginia University
1989-92 Northern High School, Flint, Mich.
updated August 2009