The list of new Knights coaches got a little bit bigger on Thursday with the addition of two assistant women’s basketball coaches.
Head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has added Tahnee Balerio and Isoken Uzamere to her coaching staff. The two spent the last six years together coaching with Abrahamson-Henderson at the University of Albany.
“Tahnee is one of the top point guard coaches in the country,” Abrahamson-Henderson said in a UCF Athletics Communications press release. “She is great at skill development and teaching players the mental part of the game. She is an excellent motivator and relentless recruiter. Isoken has also become one of the top post coaches in the country.”
Balerio will be the Knights recruiting coordinator and Uzamere will work with the team’s strength and conditioning as well as overseeing and developing the post players.
“The potential for growth within this university, this conference and this women's basketball team is what attracted me to the Knight family," Balerio said in the release. "I am ecstatic to get started and am beyond thankful for the chance to re-energize the community and university about UCF women's basketball”
The trio had a great deal of success while coaching together at Albany. They won numerous conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths, all culminating in Albany’s first NCAA Tournament win against 5-seed Florida in 2016.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of a prestigious university and an athletic department on the rise," Uzamere said in the press release. "The opportunities for this women’s basketball program are endless, and the culture and values that Coach Abe has already begun to administer will result in undeniable success."
Not only have Balerio and Uzamere had success at the coaching level, but they also have had their share of success playing in the collegiate divisions.
Balerio attended Missouri State and was a team captain for the Bears while Uzamere played forward for Hofstra and was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic player.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future.