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May 13, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia has named Tanzania Williams as Director of Women’s Basketball Operations, head coach Debbie Ryan announced on Thursday.

Williams will organize travel plans, arrange personal appearances, exchange video with opponents, and supervise the team managers at UVa. She replaces Jennifer Hoover, who moved into a coaching position with the Cavaliers.

“We are very pleased to have Tangy (pronounced Tan-Gee) join our staff,” Ryan said. “She will enhance our operations and add to the overall organization of our program. She comes from a good basketball family as her sister is Tamika Williams, formerly from the University of Connecticut and now with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.”

Williams spent the 2004 season serving an internship with the Ohio State women’s basketball team, working under head coach Jim Foster. OSU finished the season at 21-10 and advanced to the NCAA Second Round. For the Buckeyes, Williams coordinated film exchange, broke down game film, and created scouting videos. She also assisted the director of operations.

In 2000, Williams received a M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1995 in fashion marketing from Bowling Green State University.

Prior to working in collegiate women’s basketball, Williams worked in the fashion industry, owning her own boutique in Atlanta, Ga. She is actively involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Columbus and the National Black MBA Association.

Williams will begin her duties on May 17.

Virginia women’s basketball opens the 2004-05 campaign at Louisiana State’s Tournament on Nov. 10.

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