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August 22, 2013
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SRU women’s basketball coach earns hall of fame induction

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. –Tayna Longo, Slippery Rock University head women’s basketball coach, has been selected as an inductee into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame, according to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire athletic department.

Longo, The Rock’s head coach since 2010, will be honored Sept. 28 as part of the hall’s seven-member class of 2013.

As a UWEC student-athlete, the player then known as Tanya Bauer, scored 1,022 points in four seasons, was named to the conference’s five-player all-defensive team three times and earned all-conference and honorable mention Kodak All-American honors as a senior.

Longo played in all 116 Blugold games, started 96 games and helped lead her team to a 98-18 overall record, four appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs, two conference championships and a pair of conference runner-up finishes. She was a starter on the 1997 national runner-up team.

A 1998 UW-EC graduate as an education major, Longo put up her best offensive numbers as a senior, when she averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She set the school single season three-point field goal percentage record (.463) that year as well and is tied for the school’s single-game free throw percentage record, having hit all 12 attempts in one game against Stevens Point.

Longo was the tournament MVP in the eight-team First Virginia Bank Tip-Off Classic in Marymount, Virginia during the 1997-98 season.

After completing her playing career, she served one season as a UWEC assistant coach, three seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Drake University, four seasons as the top assistant at D-1 Santa Clara University, one season as head coach at Division II Minnesota-Duluth and one season as an assistant coach at D-1 Southern Indiana University before being named as The Rock’s head coach.

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