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Paul Thomas Hires Assistant Coach for Women's Basketball

Aug. 30, 2006

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's head women's basketball coach Paul Thomas announced on Tuesday the hire of Tasha Burnett as assistant coach at Saint Mary's. Burnett joins Thomas from Cal Poly Pomona, after serving as an assistant coach for the past four seasons.

Burnett played under Thomas at Cal Poly Pomona and was one of the catalysts in its run to the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship. Burnett then spent four years as an assistant and follows Thomas to Saint Mary's after he was hired early in August.

"We are thrilled that she decided to join us at Saint Mary's," Thomas said. "She is going to make the transition that much easier. She knows what we are teaching, how we are teaching and why we are teaching this style of basketball."

Burnett had a sensational two-year career for Cal Poly Pomona and played a major role in the first of two consecutive national championships. She tied an NCAA record by hitting all 11 of her field-goal attempts in a national quarterfinal victory over Pace University. She earned second-team All-CCAA honors and made the All-Elite Eight Tournament team.

She was the Athlete of the Year at Lynwood High School, where she earned All-League honors in basketball and also competed in track and field. Burnett finished second in the state in the triple jump. She went on to Los Angeles Harbor College, where she was a Kodak All-American in 1994 while leading her team to a California Junior College State championship.

After leaving L.A. Harbor College, she passed up several NCAA Division I scholarships to stay home and take care of her family. During that time, she served as a coach at Inglewood High School for four seasons. Burnett then resumed her playing career with Cal Poly Pomona in 1999.

She averaged 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in her first season with the Broncos while appearing in 25 games. She injured her knee against Chico State and underwent surgery, but returned in time for the NCAA playoffs.

As a senior, she averaged 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and led the team in assists.

Burnett graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2003 with a degree in kinesiology.