Trojans take a two-win streak into Seattle for action at the Pac-12 Tournament; Open Thursday vs. OSU
Trojans look to end Pac-12 regular-season play on a winning note at Arizona and ASU.
Trojans host No. 17 UCLA on Tuesday night, then visit Westwood on Sunday afternoon.
Trojans host No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 Cal this week, with two bouts with the Bruins coming next.
Trojans look to record a season sweep of WSU and Washington.
Tai Dillard enters her first season as an assistant coach at USC. Prior to joining the Women of Troy, Dillard spent five seasons as an assistant at UTSA, where she focused on recruiting, working with the guards, scouting and organizing summer camps. During Dillard's time at UTSA the program made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009 after winning Southland Tournament Championships. The Roadrunners also won the Southland regular-season title in 2009.
"As a collegiate player and a pro, Tai is a coach who knows the ins and outs of the guard position and really adds quality and depth to our coaching staff," USC head coach Michael Cooper says of Dillard. "She's a great recruiter, and most importantly will add to our player development at the guard position because of her knowledge and experience."
While at UTSA, Dillard saw 11 of her players earn All-Southland postseason awards. Her work with Monica Gibbs helped launch Gibbs to the UTSA's all-time assists and rebounding leader, a three-time all-conference performer, the Southland Player of the Year and the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Dillard's coaching career began at the high school level where she served as a head cross country coach and assistant basketball and track & field coach at Sam Houston High School.
A four-year letterwinner at Texas, Dillard has a remarkable amount of collegiate and professional playing experience. While at Texas from 1999-2003, she helped the team to a 92-42 record and four straight NCAA appearances, including a Final Four trip in her senior year. As a senior, Dillard started 34 games and helped the Longhorns to an overall record of 29-6. She was a two-time Big 12 All-Academic honoree.
As a pro, Dillard played for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars from 2003-05, appearing in 57 games. She briefly played in the National Women's Basketball League for the Houston Stealth in 2004 and gained more experience overseas while playing in the Israeli Premier Basketball League for the Macabbi Tel Kabir from 2004-05.
Dillard received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2003 and is currently pursuing her masters in education administration.