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Assistant coach Tamisha Augustin leaving Arizona for Mississippi State

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Arizona Wildcats assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Tamisha Augustin is leaving to become the new recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State, according to 247Sports Robbie Faulk and confirmed by other sources.

Augustin has been on Arizona’s staff since April 2019. She was not only a top-notch recruiter—she was key in Arizona landing Vanderbilt Koi Love—but also a valuable resource for UA’s post players.

“Tamisha brings experience and has deep, national recruiting ties,” UA head coach Adia Barnes said when Augustin was hired. “She is an elite coach, an all-star recruiter and is hungry for success. Her work ethic and attention to detail stood out to me and I knew I wanted her to be a part of our team.”

Moving to the SEC likely represents a pay raise for Augustin, who graduated from Alabama A&M. The UA has already posted her job, so it might not be long before her replacement is announced.

Here’s lot more info on Augustin courtesy of her UA bio:

Prior to her time at Arizona, Augustin coached at Cincinnati during the 2017-18 season, where the Bearcats won 19 games, the most since the 2002-03 season and the most since joining the AAC. The Bearcats earned a bid to the WNIT, their first postseason appearance since 2012. She also coached Cincinnati’s first conference Freshman of the Year, Ilmarl’l Thomas, since 2002.

Prior to her stint at Cincinnati, Augustin coached at Minnesota where she helped groom All-Big Ten Second Team honoree Carlie Wagner and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection Kenisha Bell while helping direct the Golden Gophers to a Big Ten Tournament first-round win over Penn State.

During the summer of 2016, Augustin was one of seven assistant coaches from around the country chosen to participate in Advocates for Athletic Equity’s (AAE) annual “Achieving Coaching Excellence” (ACE) Professional Development Program. The program is recognized as helping to boost the careers of some of the top minority coaches in the college game.

Prior, Augustin was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCF from 2014-16. She oversaw a stellar 2014-15 season for Zykira Lewis, who earned all-league second team recognition, set a UCF season record with 86 three pointers and averaged 18.9 points per game. As recruiting coordinator, Augustin helped bring in a class which included two players who continue to earn AAC honors. Additionally, Augustin signed the Knights’ 2016 top-ranked recruiting class according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Previously, as an assistant, she was part of one of VCU’s best seasons in program history in 2013-14. The Rams went 22-10, their sixth 20-win season ever, and earned a berth in the WNIT. Augustin was part of current Texas Tech head coach Marlene Stollings’ VCU staff that saw the Rams set program records of 75.8 points per game and 235 made 3-pointers.

Augustin spent the 2012-13 season at Marshall before joining the VCU staff. In her stay with the Thundering Herd she signed a top-100 recruit. As an assistant at South Carolina State from 2010-12, Augustin helped coach two all-conference selections in Whitney Wiley and Cabriel Duren. She also signed junior college All-American Brittany Cochran. Before getting into college coaching, she gained experience on the Nike Circuit and high school levels.

As a student-athlete, Augustin competed at Alabama A&M from 2002-06 where she was a two-time All-SWAC shooting guard and a four-time captain. An injury ended Augustin’s subsequent professional playing career after she became the first American to play for KSC-Szekszard in Hungary. Augustin graduated from Alabama A&M with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2005. She earned a master’s degree in microbiology there in 2007, and would earn another master’s in education from Regent University in 2010.