April 28, 2006
San Francisco, CA - After compiling an outstanding resume as a player and an assistant coach, Tanya Haave will earn her first Division I head coaching assignment at the University of San Francisco, athletic director Bill Hogan announced today. Haave, a 2005 inductee into the Lady Vol Hall of Fame, brings an impressive resume of success as a collegiate and professional player. After spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado under coaching legend Ceal Barry, Haave served as an assistant coach at Denver last season.
""We are very pleased that Tanya has accepted the position here at USF," Hogan said. "She has played and coached at the highest level of Division I basketball and has extensive contacts overseas from her time playing professionally. She has been mentored by two coaching legends in Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Colorado's Ceal Barry, becoming an All-American at Tennessee while leading the Lady Vols to the Final Four and helping guide Colorado as an assistant to the NCAA Elite Eight. She presented herself well during the interview process and is excited about taking over the leadership of our women's basketball program."
"I'm really excited to be a head coach, especially in a place like San Francisco," Haave said. "I'm enthused about the University of San Francisco and I felt comfortable with everyone I met with on campus."
Haave becomes just the seventh head coach in USF women's basketball history and takes over for USF Hall-of-Famer Mary Hile-Nepfel, who compiled a 270-267 record in 19 seasons on the Hilltop. The Dons have struggled since winning three straight West Coast Conference Tournament titles from 1995-97 and back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by a Sweet-16 trip in 1996. USF has managed just one winning season since, but Haave believes the Dons can be a force once again.
"Meeting the players during the interview process, it was clear that the cupboard is not bare. There is a good core group. Knowing this is a program with some tradition, it's important to get back to competing for conference championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. I'm going to want to push the tempo and I think we can do that off pressure defense on the other end. I think it's fun for the players, fun for the coaches and fun for the fans to watch," Haave said.
Haave began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Regis University in Denver from 1999-2001, where she was responsible for all phases of recruiting as well as scouting, film exchange, team travel, practice planning and game preparation. From Regis, Haave served as an assistant at Colorado helped the Buffs to three straight NCAA appearances, including an Elite Eight berth in 2002 and a 2003 Sweet-16 showing. After her tenure at Boulder, the Colorado native joined the staff at Denver for the 2005-06 season under head coach Pam Tanner.
"My experience at Denver was outstanding and gave me the opportunity to work with an outstanding coach. The four years at Colorado and the opportunity to work for one of the game's top coaches has more than prepared me for this step," Haave said.
"First and foremost, Tanya is a great person," Barry said, "Any kind of athletic department would want that kind of person representing them. She's very, very competitive. Her number one passion is sports and she wants to win. She's going to instill a winning spirit to the team. She's ready to be a head coach. She is mature and has outstanding experience as a player and as a coach."
Prior to her tenure at Regis, Haave played professional basketball in Europe and Australia for 14 years. She was also a head coach in Sätila, Sweden for a year, guiding the Sätila SK Eliteseries squad.
Haave compiled an impressive résumé from her play overseas, competing in France, Italy, Sweden and Australia and was highly decorated for her exploits, capturing team MVP honors for the Canberra Capitals team in 1997 and was a two-time winner at Sätila SK team from 1996-97. A two-time Swedish All Star in 1996 and 1997, she earned French All Star status from 1985-90 as well as 1992-94. In 1991 she earned Italian All Star status as a member of the OMSA Faenza team, averaging 18.3 ppg.
A three-year starter for the Tennessee Lady Vols, Haave competed for Hall-of-Fame coach Pat Summitt from 1980-84, where she also stacked up numerous honors while competing in three Final Fours 1981-82 & 1984). The Chevrolet "Player of the Game" for the national championship game in 1984, Haave enjoyed an outstanding junior campaign, earning Kodak All-American, First Team All-SEC, All-SEC Tournament Team, Academic All-SEC and team MVP honors in 1983. She also played volleyball at Tennessee in 1980 and 1984, earning All-SEC honors as a freshman.
Haave won recognition for her contributions off the court, earning the Chancellor's Citation for Academic Excellence and Leadership to the University and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Commission for Women at the University of Tennessee.
A 1980 graduate of Colorado's Evergreen High School, Haave departed the state as one of the most highly decorated prep stars in state history. She earned the Fred Steinmark Award from the Rocky Mountain News and became the first woman to be named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the Year, and was named the 1980 Sportswoman of the Year by the Sportswomen of Colorado.
Haave was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2001. She was also inducted into the Evergreen/Conifer Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1993. She is fluent in French and has working knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Swedish.