Tiara Malcom, a record-setting forward and one of the top women’s basketball players in University of Delaware history, concluded her ninth season as an assistant coach with her alma mater in 2014-15. Following the season, she was hired as an assistant coach at FIU.
With the Blue Hens, Malcom primarily worked with the program’s post players. Additionally, she is responsible for recruiting, equipment and scouting of opponents.
During her nine seasons as an assistant at Delaware, Malcom helped pilot the Blue Hens to six 20-win seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT berths.
Malcom was instrumental in leading the 2013-14 squad into unknown territory after losing one of the most memorable and talented classes in school history following the 2012-13 campaign. The Blue Hens bounced back from graduating seven seniors, including 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne, and a career total of over 6,500 points, 3,200 rebounds and 1,100 assists in remarkable fashion.
Delaware fielded nine freshmen and sophomores in 2013-14 with just three juniors and seniors, a far cry from the squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 just a season earlier. The returning Blue Hens combined for a total of 1,505 minutes (20.8 percent), 383 points (15.8 percent) and 269 rebounds (7.5 percent) in 2012-13. Fellow CAA schools predicted Delaware would finish fifth in the league while just one player (Akeema Richards) was chosen to the Preseason All-CAA Second Team.
This all served as motivation for UD as the Blue Hens returned to the CAA Championship game for the fourth straight season and earned a berth into the WNIT following a year where Delaware went 20-11 overall and 10-6 in the conference. The Blue Hens traveled north for a WNIT First Round contest wherein the eventual tournament champion, Rutgers, edged UD, 65-61.
During that noted 2012-13 season, Malcom helped guide one of the most illustrious squads in Delaware history as the Hens saw another record-breaking year. UD finished the season with an incredible 32-4 mark, went undefeated in CAA play for the second consecutive year and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Hens finished atop the CBI Mid-Major Poll for the second straight season while receiving a No. 15 spot in the Associated Press Poll and a No. 16 spot in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Delaware also recorded a school-record 27 straight victories, besting the team’s streak of 21 consecutive wins during the 2011-12 slate, and good for third nationally behind Baylor and Notre Dame. Dating to the 2010-11 season, UD has won 37 straight CAA regular season wins, a mark that is good for second nationally behind Baylor and the most in the league since Old Dominion won 95 consecutive contests from 1995 to 2001.
The Blue Hens earned a No. 6 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, where Delaware defeated No. 11 West Virginia, 66-53, before upsetting No. 3 North Carolina, 78-69, at a sold-out Bob Carpenter Center to advance to the Sweet 16. UD was unable to make a comeback against No. 2 Kentucky as the Hens ended their run with a 69-62 loss to the Wildcats in Bridgeport, Conn.
The 2011-12 Blue Hens collected a record-breaking year with a 31-2 record while going undefeated in CAA play and winning the first postseason game in school history.
Delaware set a previous school record for wins in a season including a record 21 straight victories and claimed the first CAA Tournament title in UD history. The Hens earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and posted a 73-42 win over Arkansas Little Rock, the first postseason win by a men’s or women’s basketball team in school history. Delaware ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after climbing as high as No. 7 in early March.
A native of nearby Wilmington, Del., the 6-1 Malcom enjoyed an outstanding high school career at Caravel Academy before arriving on the Delaware campus. She was a two-time All-State selection and was named the state’s Co-Player of the Year in 2001.
Malcom was a four-year standout for the Hens under Martin, leading the squad to a four-year mark of 89-32, CAA regular season titles in 2003 and 2005 and three berths into the post-season WNIT. Delaware, which went 55-15 in conference action during Malcom’s career, appeared in the CAA Championship game in both 2003 and 2005.
A two-time team captain, Malcom was a three-time All-CAA selection, earning second team honors in 2003 and 2004 before garnering first team recognition in 2005, when she was named CAA Player of the Year accolades. As the CAA Player of the Year, Malcom led the league in scoring with 15.5 points per game while ranking among conference leaders with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Malcom was just the third player in Delaware history to be named the conference player of the year. Additionally, she was named the University of Delaware’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year for the 2004-05 season.
A seven-time CAA Player of the Week, Malcom set school records for career free throws made (535) to lead the CAA at the time and now ranks second in school history and fifth in league history.
Malcom is also is second in the Delaware record books for double-figure scoring games (88), sixth in games played (121), scoring (1,545 points) and blocks (109) and 11th in rebounding (794). She averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for her career.
Malcom was a two-time CAA Dean Ehlers Award candidate for overall contributions on the court, classroom and community and overcame a partial hearing loss in both ears to star for the Blue Hens.
Following her collegiate career, Malcom played professionally during the 2005-06 season in Barreiro, Portugal with the GD ESSA Basketball Club.
Malcom was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame in November 2012 for her contributions.
Malcom earned her bachelor’s degree in family and community services from Delaware in May 2005 while receiving a master’s degree in higher education administration from UD in May 2011.