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(W) Basketball

(W) Basketball Coaching Staff
Tahnee Balerio
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 5803
Email: tbalerio@athletics.ucf.edu

Tahnee Balerio was hired as an assistant coach in April 2016 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2019. Her primary responsibilities include the development of guards, opponent scouting reports and recruiting.

In her three seasons at UCF, she has helped guide the Knights to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the program's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19.

Under Balerio’s guidance, Kay Kay Wright has developed into one of the top guards in the American Athletic Conference. A first team all-conference selection, Wright led the Knights with 18.0 points per game, 3.5 assists per contest and 1.9 steals per outing. She became the first Knight to earn USBWA National Player of the Week honors and joined the 1000-point club. The Orlando native currently sits fourth all-time at UCF with 383 assists and is sixth in career steals with 207.

In 2017-18, Balerio witnessed Zakiya Saunders earn second team all-conference honors after coaching her to a school record for assists (227) and all-conference honors at Albany.

Balerio spent a total of six seasons at Albany - logging four years as an assistant coach after her two years as director of basketball operations. She was responsible for the development of guards, the day-to-day practice schedule and ordering/distribution of equipment. She also made opponent scouting reports and assisted with game preparation and recruiting.

She came to UCF after helping the Great Danes capture four America East regular season titles and five conference tournament championships along with five-straight NCAA Tournament berths, which included Albany's first NCAA Tournament win in 2016 against 5-seed Florida.

Balerio worked directly with a number of talented guards at Albany from 2010-16, including Sarah Royals, who became the all-time leader in assists in program history, and Lindsay Lowrie, who finished her career with the second-highest three-point percentage in UAlbany history. Lowrie earned Third Team All-Conference as a senior and finished 13th in all of Division I in three-point shooting percentage at 41.3 percent.

In her last season with Albany in 2015-16, Balerio witnessed Imani Tate post the fourth-highest scoring season (604 points) in program history on the way to America East All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team honors. She ranked eighth in all of Division I with 3.12 steals per game. Zakiya Saunders, another all-conference selection, broke the school record for assists (227) and ranked sixth in Division I with her 6.9 assist per game average.

A graduate of Missouri State in 2008, Balerio was a team captain and a two-time MVP for the Bears. In addition to earning Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honors, Balerio was a two-time all-conference honoree and led the MVC in scoring during the 2006-07 season under Abrahamson-Henderson, averaging 18.7 points per game. She helped lead the Bears to the MVC and WNIT Championships in 2005 and was invited to participate at the WNBA free agent draft camp in 2010.

After graduating from Missouri State, Balerio was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo. She was in charge of coordinating the defense for the varsity program, as well as analyzing film, scouting and managing the statistics database. Balerio also worked specifically with the guards on position workouts, and ran all aspects of the junior varsity program.

 

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