Tanya Bauer, an assistant coach for the past two seasons at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University, has been named as the new head women's basketball coach at Slippery Rock University.
In addition to her two seasons at SIU, Bauer served seven seasons as a Division I assistant coach, one season as head coach at Division II University of Minnesota Duluth and one season as a Division III assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Bauer said she is ready to hit the ground running in her quest to make Rock Women's Basketball a contender for Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and regional honors.
Prior to joining the Southern Illinois staff, Bauer was Santa Clara University's top assistant coach for four seasons, helping guide the Broncos to a West Coast Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004-05, as well as a WCC regular season championship and a Women's National Invitation Tournament berth in 2006.
A former standout at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Bauer began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater in the 1999-2000 season under current University of Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone.
Bauer then followed Stone to Drake University, where she served as assistant coach from 2000-03. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a 64-27 record, the 2001 Missouri Valley Conference championship and two NCAA tournament berths, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2002.
As a player, Bauer capped off a four-year playing career by garnering Kodak NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention recognition in 1998. She earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team honors during the 1997-98 season and was selected to the WIAC All-Defensive Team three consecutive years.
Bauer concluded her collegiate career with 1,022 points and currently ranks 12th in Blugold history.
Bauer earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary/middle school education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau.