DeLaSalle High School is excited to name Tanysha Scott `01 as the new varsity girls’ basketball coach. Scott comes back to her alma mater after two winning seasons as the head coach at Minneapolis South High School, including an 18-9 record in 2014-15. No stranger to the Island, Scott is one of the most successful and best-known girls’ basketball players in DeLaSalle history, graduating in 2001 as a two-time all-conference and honorable mention all-state point guard for the Islanders.
DeLaSalle’s Director of Student Activities, Adam Pribyl, noted that, “We received applications from several outstanding candidates, but Tanysha stood out for the combination of proven coaching success, a background as a stellar high school and collegiate athlete, and a commitment to the growth of girls’ and women’s athletics over many years. From the beginning, our number one priority has been to find a candidate who will continue our tradition of excellence on the court, while helping the girls in the program become better students, better people, and grow in the mission and values of DeLaSalle. We believe we found that person in Tanysha Scott.”
After graduating from DeLaSalle, Scott continued her stellar play as a four-year starting point guard for the Division II, University of Minnesota- Duluth from 2001-2005. During her four years as a starter, the Bulldogs built a record of 87-35, unsurpassed over any four-year span in school history. She began her coaching career shortly thereafter on the AAU circuit, and continues as a head coach in the Minnesota NC Heat program since 2011. She also served as an assistant coach at The Blake School and Minneapolis South, before the Tigers hired her as varsity head coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. Scott earned her B.A. in Political Science from UMD in 2005.
The DeLaSalle girls’ basketball program has been one of the most successful in the state over the past two decades, with 18 straight winning seasons, averaging more than 20 wins a season over that span. The team has been ranked among the state’s Top Ten in 15 of those 18 seasons, with seven trips to the State Tournament in the past ten years. Several Islander players have gone on to successful collegiate careers, including Scott, Margaret Johnson, Talicia Jackson, Rachel Booth, Aaryn Booker, Carissa Wolyniec, and, most recently, Tyseanna Johnson, now at Iowa State, Mia Loyd, now at North Dakota, and Allina Starr, now at Minnesota after beginning her collegiate career at Auburn.
Scott replaces former Islander coach, Faith Johnson Patterson, who accepted a new position at Eden Prairie High School. Johnson Patterson coached at DeLaSalle for the past six seasons, including three straight state championship teams from 2011-2013. The Islanders finished each of the past two seasons as section runner-up to eventual Class AAA state champion, Park Center.
DeLaSalle is the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, beginning its 116th year at its location on Nicollet Island, adjacent to downtown Minneapolis. Enrollment has grown 26 percent in the past five years alone and now stands at 760 total students in grades 9-12, its largest enrollment since 1971. Over 400 eighth graders applied for one of the 200 available places in the Class of 2019. The curriculum is college preparatory, with over 98 percent or more of recent graduates matriculating to college each year. More information about DeLaSalle or its girls’ basketball program may be found at www.delasalle.com.