Tierra Rudd joined the Western Carolina women's basketball staff in June 2015.
She is entering her third season as an assistant coach under Head Coach Stephanie McCormick.
"I feel very lucky to have Tierra joining my staff as she brings a tremendous background in recruiting in the Southeast, particularly in the state of North Carolina," McCormick said. "She is extremely high energy and her enthusiasm and intensity is exactly what I was looking for to help infect our players and raise the standard."
Rudd comes to Western Carolina after three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma-mater Winston-Salem State. In 2014-15, Rudd helped assist the Rams to an 11-17 record and a second round appearance in the CIAA Tournament. While at Winston-Salem State she helped coach three players to All-CIAA honors and also assisted with skill development and academic status for student-athletes.
"I am very grateful for Coach McCormick for the opportunity to be here because she is family oriented, and I know her coaching record and feel like I could really develop under her leadership," Rudd said. "I am excited to rebuild this program, get the name out there and have people appreciate Western Carolina women's basketball. Everything about the school makes me excited to be here."
"Tierra is very organized and detail oriented and will be able to hit the ground running handling the day-to-day operations of the program and will be instrumental in the development of our wings," McCormick added. "Tierra's ceiling is extremely high in the coaching profession and her commitment to the student-athlete is directly in line with that of the Western Carolina athletic department."
She received a pair of scholarships that aided in her development: the NCAA Ethnic Minority scholarship to "A Step Up" Assistant Coach Symposium" put together by Felicia Hall Allen and the Assistant Coach Immersion Program (ACIP) hosted by Celia Slater.
Rudd spent four seasons as a guard for Winston-Salem State earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in sociology in 2008. She then went on to receive a Master of Art in Psychology degree with a specialization in counseling from the University of West Florida.