Tanja Speaker enters her third year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Thomas More College.
Speaker joined Jeff Hans' staff in 2014 after serving as the Director of Volleyball Operations at NCAA Division I University of Iowa since March of 2013. At Iowa she coordinated team travel and pre/post game meals, while also serving as the liaison between the volleyball staff and the other athletic department staff.
Prior to Iowa, Speaker served as a game operations assistant for Texas Stars Hockey from October 2012 to March 2013 and as a front desk agent at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas from January 2012 to March 2013. She worked with Spurs Sports & Entertainment as an Austin Toros Inside Sales Representative from July, 2011 to January of 2012. Speaker also worked as an intern with the AFL's Milwaukee Mustangs during the summer of the 2011.
In 2009 and 2011, she worked as a coach at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Ill. Speaker coordinated basketball camps and coached 10th grade girls.
Speaker earned her bachelor of science in sport management from Florida Southern College in May of 2011. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors.
At Florida Southern, Speaker was a member of the varsity basketball team, serving as team captain from 2010 to 2011. She was named NCAA-II Academic All-District and earned the NCAA-II Academic Achievement Award. Speaker was a three-time Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree.
Coach Speaker is a native of Richmond, Illinois.