Sept. 29, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara head coach Jennifer Mountain announced the addition of Tamara Inoue as an assistant coach to the women's basketball program this week. Inoue joins the Broncos after six years playing and coaching in Australia. Her prime responsibilities will involve recruiting, film exchange, scouting and working with the Bronco guards. Jesse Pruitt also joins the Santa Clara athletic staff as the video coordinator for both the men and women's basketball teams.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Tamara join and complete our staff," said Mountain. "Her international experience as a club coach in Melbourne will definitely benefit our recruiting and international exposure. Tamara brings experience as a hands-on court coach as well as extreme enthusiasm and tech insight. She is going to be a great addition to our staff."
"I'm really excited to get back into the college level," said Inoue. "I knew for the beginning that coming to Santa Clara was going to be great. We have the ability to do many great things here."
Inoue's playing days in Australia were cut short due to injury but after rehabbing in the United States, she returned to coach in the Victorian Basketball League.
"I went to Australia in 2002 originally to play, but I got injured," Inoue said. "They liked me so much that they asked to me to stay on and coach. Being involved as a player in Australia, I knew of the amount of talent that Australian players have and I really wanted to get out there and coach them."
Inoue earned VBL Coach of the Year honors in 2006-07 with the Nunawading Spectres. She also coached the Knox Raiders to a National championship the following season with a 27-1 record. The Raiders faced their lone loss in the national title game. Inoue has also help run the Melbourne Roos club. With the Roos, she has developed several NCAA Division I athletes such as USC's Heather Oliver, Gonzaga's Kelly Bowen and Pacific's Claire McCleod as well a many others.
Inoue played three seasons for the 49ers after transferring from University of California - Berkeley, becoming a two-time All-Big West honorable mention. As a senior, she led the Big West in assists, averaging 5.9 per game, and as a junior she finished second in the league in assists (4.6 per game), while averaging 9.6 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc as the 49ers advanced to the WNIT.
Inoue was a USA Today honorable mention All-American as a senior at Laguna Hills High in 1997. She averaged 14.0 points per game that season. A two-time league MVP, she set the school-record for points (30), assists (12) and steals (12). She attended high school and Long Beach State and played basketball with 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and volleyball All-American Tayyiba Haneff. Inoue received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Long Beach State in 2002.
Pruitt joins the Broncos staff after serving two years as an assistant under Head Coach Greg Kamansky at Division II Cal Poly Pomona. Pruitt's main responsibilities were player development, film exchange, recruiting and game preparation.
"We are extremely excited to have the addition of Jesse and his experience in video editing," said Mountain. "Scouting opponents is extremely important to the success of our program and he will be a valuable addition. Jesse will help in producing and cutting up opponent films for the purpose of game preparation."
Pruitt graduated from UC Davis in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology-Organizational Studies. He was a member of the Aggies team for two seasons under former UC Davis head coach Brian Fogel. Pruitt had a career-high 14 points against UC San Diego in a thrilling 2OT victory on Jan. 25, 2003.
Pruitt earned three varsity letters at Upland High School. He was the team captain as a senior and led the team to a 33-2 record and a CIF Southern Section championship, a No. 4 state ranking and a No. 10 national ranking.
Pruitt is a native of Pomona, Calif. He has worked at several basketball camps including: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Double Pump, Maryland, Pangos All-American, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA.