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Syracuse Women's Basketball Hires New York Native and Ex-WNBA Player As Assistant Coach

Quentin Hillsman filled a hole in his coaching staff with the hiring of Tammi Reiss.

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A New York native will fill one of the vacancies on the Syracuse women's basketball coaching staff.

Eldred's Tammi Reiss was hired as an assistant coach, the team announced on Sunday. She spent the last two seasons at Cal State Fullerton as an associate coach and recruiting coordinator.

Reiss comes to Syracuse with experience in the ACC as a player and coach. A four-year starter at Virginia, she led the Cavaliers to three Final Four appearances and broke the school record for career 3-pointers. She spent three more seasons at her alma mater as an assistant coach, helping the Cavs make two trips to the Elite Eight.

She also played with the WNBA's Utah Starzz for two years after the team drafted her fifth overall in the 1997 Draft.

"Tammi has played and coached at the highest levels," head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a release. "Her experience, work ethic and passion to develop athletes make her one of the top assistant coaches in the game at any level. We are very fortunate to have such a well-rounded, highly-touted player and coach join our program."

SU lost two assistant coaches in the past two weeks when Kelley Gibson went to Rutgers and Sasha Palmer left for Wisconsin for the same positions.