Tamika Louis is in her second season as an assistant coach with the St. John's women's basketball team. Her duties with the Red Storm include recruiting, working with the guards, scouting and other responsibilities as assigned.
In her first year with the Red Storm, Louis was an integral part in assisting head coach Kim Barnes Arico's 2009-10 squad to a Second Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament and to a 25-7 overall record, the most wins for St. John's in 27 years. She also was key in the development of freshman guard Shenneika Smith into a Full Court Press Freshman All-American, a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team and an All-Met honoree.
Louis came to St. John's after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois. While with the Fighting Illini, she served as the recruiting coordinator and was heavily involved in scouting, academic progress and the development of the UI guards. She also served as a mentor in preparing the student-athletes for life beyond basketball.
Louis helped coach the Illini to a 20-win season and the verge of the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08, in addition to playing a big role in the emergence of Rebecca Harris as one of the top point guards in the Big Ten.
In 2008-09, Louis helped Illinois reel in the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation according to Blue Star. The class included McDonald's All-American Destiny Williams, who was ranked as the nation's No. 8 recruit and helped Team USA win gold at the 2009 U19 World Championships, and Karisma Penn, who was ranked as the No. 18 recruit in the nation.
Louis earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Fresno State in 1997 and a master's degree in communications from Fresno State in 1999.