Indiana women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer, Tyra Buss, is now heading into the coaching ranks.
Evansville announced Tuesday that the Mt. Carmel, Ill., native has been added an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program. She’ll work under head coach Matt Ruffing, who has led the Aces since March 2016.
Buss had recently been based in Bloomington, training area basketball players and also doing some broadcast work for the Big Ten Network. She was a physical education major at IU, preparing to one day transition into teaching and possibly coaching.
On the hardwood, the 5-foot-8 guard was an electric scorer for the Hoosiers, setting the program’s all-time record with 2,364 points. Buss also set program marks for career steals (293), assists (574), free throws made (633), 3-pointers attempted (646), free throws attempted (853) and points per game (17.5).
Her roots are down in the Evansville area, as Mt. Carmel is just an hour northwest of the city. And Buss hails from an athletics family.
Her brother, Kyle, is the athletic director at Mt. Carmel. Her other brother, Tyler, is the head boys’ basketball coach for the school. Her mother, Kelly, has been a physical education teacher and track coach, and her father, Tim, was a school superintendent.