UCLA Announces Hiring Of Women's Basketball Staff
May 20, 2008
UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell announced today the hiring of Stacie Terry, Tony Perotti and Tasha Butts as assistant women's basketball coaches. In addition, Pam Walker was named as the Director of Operations for women's basketball.
Terry, a native of San Diego, CA, coached this past season at the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked primarily with the perimeter players, and her responsibilities included recruiting coordinator, opponent scouting and film breakdown, assisting with the summer camps, as well as coordinating all of the team's community service events.
She spent the 2004-07 seasons as an assistant at the University of Illinois and has also worked as an assistant at the University of Dayton and the University of Louisville. At the University of Illinois, Terry's recruiting classes ranked amongst the Top 20 in the nation. Her primary duties included defensive instruction and working with the perimeter players. She coached at the University of Dayton in 2003-04 after serving as an assistant at the University of Louisville in the 2000-2003 seasons. At Louisville, her role included recruiting, scouting, player development, summer camps and serving as a liaison for the program's community service outreach. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and to the WNIT in 2002. She assisted in bringing in the nation's 21st-ranked recruiting class in 2002-03 according to All-Star Girls Report.
Terry earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism in 1998 from the University of Texas-Arlington. She enjoyed an outstanding playing career (1994-98) at UTA which culminated in a senior season in which she led the Southland Conference in three-point shooting percentage (.384), was a first-team all-conference selection and averaged a team-best 17.4 points per game. Terry went on to play one season of professional ball in Warsaw, Poland, averaging 12 points and six assists for the Polonia Phoenix, before returning home to begin her coaching career as a grad assistant at her alma mater in 1999.
Perotti, a University of Tennessee graduate, comes to UCLA from Northern Arizona University, where he spent the last four seasons as an assistant. The past two years, he was the associate head coach. Perotti served primarily as the team's recruiting coordinator, game scouting coordinator and in the development of the perimeter players. In his four seasons at NAU, Perotti helped the Lumberjacks compile 71 victories, win the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advance to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament. During his tenure, the team set school records for field goals, points scored, assists, rebounds, three-point shots made and free throw percentage. Guard Sade Cunningham set a school record for career assists. In his first season as an assistant, Perotti not only helped the team to a 19-10 record and third-place conference finish, but served as head coach for three games (2-1) at the end of the season when the head coach was home with a newborn baby.
Perotti came to NAU following five seasons as an assistant coach (1999-2004) at the University of San Francisco. He served as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2000 and 2002-2003. During that period, Perotti helped to successfully sign two Junior College All-Americans, three West Coast Conference Freshmen of the Year, as well as international players from Germany and Denmark. On the court, he worked primarily with the perimeter players and assisted in team offensive and defensive philosophy development and strategies. He also served as summer camp director and completed his master's degree (2001) in sports and fitness management.
Prior to his time at USF, Perotti worked as an office assistant and summer camp coach at Tennessee. He also served as a practice player for two seasons with the Lady Vols. While in Knoxville, Perotti gained coaching experience in 1999 as the co-head coach of the Knoxville Lady Lakers, an 11-and-under AAU team. He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management with a minor in business administration from Tennessee in 1999.
Butts, a standout player at the University of Tennessee (2001-04) and then in the WNBA, comes West from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she served her first year as a full-time assistant this past season. Butts worked primarily with the perimeter players at Duquesne, and her responsibilities included recruiting, opponent scouting, academics, adidas liaison and scheduling.
As a player at Tennessee, Butts helped to lead the Lady Vols to a 124-17 record in her four seasons. UT had a Sweet 16 appearance in her freshman season and advanced to the Final Four in her sophomore campaign. She then helped the Lady Vols to back-to-back National Championship games in her junior and senior seasons. In addition, Butts was a part of four Southeastern Conference regular-season championship teams, as Tennessee compiled a 55-1 record in her four years. When she left UT, she ranked fourth in all-time games played (141) and tied for seventh in three-point shots made (103). Butts' career-high 37 points against Vanderbilt on Feb. 16, 2004 placed her tied for 11th on the Lady Vols' single-game scoring list. She graduated from Tennessee in 2004 with a degree in sport management.
Butts was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx with the 20th selection in the 2004 WNBA draft. She saw action in all 30 games as a rookie, helping the club equal a franchise-record with 18 wins and earn a spot in the playoffs. Following the 2004 WNBA season, she returned to her alma mater and served as a graduate assistant coach. In the fall of 2005, she headed overseas, where she played for Essa/Barreiro in Portugal, averaging nearly 18 points per game. After one season with Essa, she moved on to Raanana Hertzliya in Israel, where she averaged 15.5 points per contest. She also then had brief stints with the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets of the WNBA.
Walker, a 1985 UCLA graduate, will be in her 20th season as a member of the Bruin women's basketball staff. She takes over the duties of Director of Operations for the team after serving the past 15 seasons as a full-time assistant coach in the program. During her 19 years on staff, the Bruins have competed in the NCAA Tournament nine times and won a Pac-10 regular season title (1999) and Pac-10 Tournament title (2006). She has coached two Pac-10 Players of the Year, four Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year and seven All-Americans.
Walker joined the Bruin staff prior to the 1989-90 season after four years as head girls' basketball coach at Hart High School (1986-89) in Newhall, CA. In her final season at Hart, she guided the school to the quarterfinals of the state championship tournament, the CIF 5-A Southern Section championship and the Foothill League title. She was also named CIF Coach of the Year that season.