Tahah takes over as OCU head women’s basketball coach

OCU Athletics
Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

OKLAHOMA CITY – Brett Tahah has become the Oklahoma City University head women’s basketball coach.

Tahah became the first Oklahoma City alumna to lead the program. Tahah spent the previous two years as head girls basketball coach and athletic director for Frontier High School in Oklahoma.

“I’m very excited to get a coach of the caliber of Brett Tahah,” Oklahoma City athletic director Jim Abbott said. “I have known Brett for more than 10 years, and she has always impressed me with her work ethic, attention to details and her character. She will be a great role model for the young women on our team, and I have every confidence that she will continue the tradition of success that is OCU women’s basketball.”

At Frontier, Tahah guided the Lady Mustangs to the state tournament semifinals, an undefeated mark in the 89er Athletic Conference and a 27-2 record in 2018-19. Frontier went 46-13 the past two years under Tahah’s guidance.

“First, I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity, my family and I are truly humbled and blessed by it,” Tahah said. “I would also like to I would like to thank Jim Abbott, Kelly Perry, Greg Kersgieter and the rest of the administration for giving me the opportunity to be the next coach to lead the Oklahoma City University women’s basketball program. I look forward to continuing the high standard of success this program has achieved, both academically and athletically. I cannot wait to start this journey with the current team.”

Tahah has a 117-50 head-coaching record (.701 winning percentage) with two state tournament semifinal appearances and an academic state championship in six years at Oklahoma high schools Frontier, Elgin, Hobart and Lookeba-Sickles. Tahah, a two-time region coach of the year, mentored eight all-state selections and nine all-conference performers.

With the Stars, Tahah (nee’ Bates) contributed to two NAIA Division I Championship Tournament Fab Four appearances during her playing career. She became the team’s NAIA champion of character award winner. OCU went 63-10 with an .863 winning percentage, one Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championship and two SAC Tournament titles during that time.

Tahah came to OCU after taking all-state honors in basketball and softball at Hobart High School. She was a two-time all-stater in basketball.

Oklahoma City owns nine national championships won in 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. OCU has captured 20 SAC regular-season crowns and 12 SAC Tournament titles. The Stars went 30-2 and collected their fourth consecutive SAC regular-season title and 23rd NAIA Tournament berth in a row in 2019-20.