Buss named assistant coach at Evansville

Indiana women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer, Tyra Buss, is now heading into the coaching ranks.

Evansville announced Tuesday that the Mt. Carmel, Ill., native has been added an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program. She’ll work under head coach Matt Ruffing, who has led the Aces since March 2016.

Buss had recently been based in Bloomington, training area basketball players and also doing some broadcast work for the Big Ten Network. She was a physical education major at IU, preparing to one day transition into teaching and possibly coaching.

On the hardwood, the 5-foot-8 guard was an electric scorer for the Hoosiers, setting the program’s all-time record with 2,364 points. Buss also set program marks for career steals (293), assists (574), free throws made (633), 3-pointers attempted (646), free throws attempted (853) and points per game (17.5).

Her roots are down in the Evansville area, as Mt. Carmel is just an hour northwest of the city. And Buss hails from an athletics family.

Her brother, Kyle, is the athletic director at Mt. Carmel. Her other brother, Tyler, is the head boys’ basketball coach for the school. Her mother, Kelly, has been a physical education teacher and track coach, and her father, Tim, was a school superintendent.


  1. I loved watching Tyra play: total commitment, great skill, a relentless driver to the basket, a tremendous team leader! She and Amanda kindled my passion for IU Women’s Basketball! Let’s keep our eye on her as a coach and bring her back to Bloomington at the earliest possible moment! I could say the same about Jordan Hulls!

  2. I thought she had a great future in sports broadcasting. Articulate, attractive, smart, and with great credibility. But obviously, she wants to coach. Good for her.

    1. I know being “attractive” opened the door for Howard Cossell. And John Clayton is a real looker…

      And those handsome men on Fox News…? It’s the whole reason they get viewers…lol.

  3. Best wishes for Tyra Im sure she will do well. She was a crowd favorite here and being so close to home and obviously close to the game again will be well received in that area.

  4. Congratulations!!! In an earlier post I questioned whether Buss, Cahill or another IU Ladies basketball alumni was interested in IU Ladies assistant coaching job??? Broadcasting, coaching or pretty much anything having to do with sports and/or people T. Buss is going to be successful as long as she is healthy and willing. She is just that kind of person.

  5. t, it’s probably conventional wisdom that a player who wants to become a coach get experience in other programs before returning to their alma mater. Tyra can probably get a broader perspective working for another coach for a few years as compared to returning to work for TM. Plus, as the article suggests, she’ll be within an easy drive to her home in Mt. Carmel, IL.

    The Banks family has had quite an influence on the High School and athletic landscape in Mt. Carmel. Interesting that one brother (the head BB coach) reports to another brother (the AD) and that their Dad was the former. Seems like a great family heavily involved in the community.

  6. I agree about getting some experience before returning to alma mater. I feel it’s for the best. That may have been an uncomfortable situation for both, T. Moren and T. Buss. The assistant IU coach new hire has a tiny bit of an edge as grad assistant and one year as assistant coach.

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