Tanya Haave

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Tanya Haave (born 1963) is an American collegiate head coach for the Metro State Roadrunners of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. She played professional basketball in the Women's National Basketball League before becoming a head coach at Regis University. In 2003, she was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Early life

Haave attended Evergreen High School where she competed in both basketball and volleyball.[1] In 1980, she was named Sportswoman of the Year and later became the first woman to be named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the Year.[2] In her final year of high school, Haave set four basketball state tournament records, including recording a 100% single-game free throw record, and was named to a national All-America.[3]

Basketball career

Collegiate career

Haave attended the University of Tennessee (UT) from 1980-1984 under the guidance of coach Pat Summitt. As a member of the Lady Vols, she led the team to three NCAA Final Four appearances and two national championship games. As a result, she was named a 1983 Kodak All-American, and All-SEC and NCAA All-Regional team member twice.[4] She became the first All-American for the Lady Vols and concluded her collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in the programs history.[5] In 1984, she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Academic Excellence and Leadership and Woman of Achievement Award from the UT Commission for Women.[6]

After graduating from Tennessee, she spent 14 years playing professional basketball overseas in France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and Sweden.[7] She earned a silver medal with Team USA at the 1982 R. William Jones Cup.[8]

Coaching career

Haave began her coaching career at Regis University from 1999 to 2001 before joining the Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball as an assistant coach.[9] During her tenure with the Colorado Buffaloes, she was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.[10] She stayed at Colorado until 2005, when she joined the Denver Pioneers women's basketball team as an assistant coach.[11] In the year she left Colorado, Haave was inducted into the Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame.[4] While with the Denver Pioneers, she helped lead the team to a 15-13 overall record which included an appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.[12]

She stayed with the Pioneers for one year before earning her first NCAA Division I head coaching position with the University of San Francisco in 2006.[13] During her four year stay with the San Francisco Dons women's basketball team, Haave accumulated a 36-86 overall record and four straight seventh-place finishes in the West Coast Conference.[14] This led to her being fired from San Francisco and hired for the Metro State Roadrunners of the Metropolitan State University of Denver.[15] In her first year with the Roadrunners, she helped lead them to their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship since 1998[1] and was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.[16] Her continued success with the team earned her a renewed contract with the university on May 13, 2013.[17] By January 2015, Haave became the fastest Roadrunner coach to reach 100 wins in the schools history.[18] She eventually tied former coach Darryl Smith for most Roadrunner wins in program history with a 159-84 record.[5] At the end of that season, where the Roadrunners finished second in the Rocky Mountain conference, Haave was named the Conference's Coach of the Year.[19]


  1. ^ a b Gomez, Deicy (2019). "Legacy of success: Haave's road to MSU Denver". mymetmedia.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "TANYA HAAVE". cubuffs.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Joe Williams; Irv Brown (October 14, 2008). The Great Book of Denver Sports Lists. Running Press. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9780786741687. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Haave Inducted Into Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame". denverpioneers.com. October 6, 2005. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Inspired by Summitt, Humble Haave Made Her Way Home, Takes Roadrunners to New Heights". roadrunnersathletics.com. November 29, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "Tanya Haave". coloradosports.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "USF fires women's basketball coach Tanya Haave". The San Diego Union Tribune. March 25, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "1982 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". usab.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "TRANSACTIONS". Hartford Courant. April 25, 2001. Retrieved January 13, 2020. REGIS--Announced the resignations of Tanya Haave, women's assistant basketball coach, to take a similar position at Colorado
  10. ^ "HOOP ASSISTANT HAAVE NAMED TO COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME". cubuffs.com. December 3, 2003. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "Pioneers Name Tanya Haave and Marisa Moseley Assistant Women's Basketball Coaches". denverpioneers.com. May 18, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Tanya Haave Named Head Basketball Coach at USF". denverpioneers.com. April 28, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Smith, Michelle (April 29, 2006). "USF hires former Tennessee star". sfgate.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Haave fired by San Francisco". espn.com. March 25, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  15. ^ "Metro State tabs Tanya Haave its women's basketball coach". Denver Post. June 8, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  16. ^ "Haave Named RMAC Coach of the Year; Bratton and Cervantes All-RMAC". roadrunnersathletics.com. March 2, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "Basketball: Metro State announces multi-year contracts for Clark and Haave". roadrunnersathletics.com. May 13, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  18. ^ "Women's basketball: Game notes". roadrunnersathletics.com. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  19. ^ "Women's Basketball: Haave and Ohrdorf Lead All-RMAC Awards". roadrunnersathletics.com. February 27, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2020.

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