FAIRFAX, Va. – George Mason head coach Nyla Milleson announced that Tajama Abraham Ngongba has joined the women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. Ngongba arrives in Fairfax after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at Radford University.
“Tajama brings a wealth of experience as a coach, student-athlete and professional athlete to Mason,” stated Milleson. “Her strong familiarity with the area will only help us in recruiting local kids to the program and her passion and energy for the game will help move this program forward.”
While at Radford, Ngongba mentored five Big South All-Conference honorees, a Big South All-Tournament selection, an All-Rookie honoree and the 2008-09 Big South Defensive Player of the Year. In just her third season as head coach, Ngongba was tabbed the Big South Coach of the Year after guiding the Highlanders to a second-place tie to cap the regular season and a quarterfinal appearance in the Big South Tournament.
Prior to Radford, Ngongba served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, George Washington University, for four years. From 2002-04, Ngongba was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth and spent the 2001-02 season in the same role at the University of Richmond.
Before arriving at Richmond, Ngongba was a member of the coaching staff that helped the U.S. Virgin Islands Women’s Junior National Team to a gold medal in the 2001 Caricom Junior Basketball Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. Aside from her role as an assistant, she also served as the team captain for the U.S. Virgin Islands Women’s Senior National Team.
A former standout player for GW women’s basketball from 1994-97, Ngongba remains the program’s most prolific scorer having tallied a school-record 2,134 points during her four-year career. Ngongba was named a Kodak First-Team All-American in 1997 as a senior and the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year.
A Kodak Honorable Mention All-American and Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-American in 1996, she received a unanimous first-team all-league selection in 1996 and 1997, earned second team all-conference honors in 1995 and was the Rookie of the Year in 1994. Ngongba was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team in 1997 and was the tournament’s MVP in 1996 when GW claimed the A-10 crown.
After graduating from GW, Ngongba was drafted as the seventh pick in the fourth round of the inaugural WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. She spent the 1997 season with the Monarchs before joining the Detroit Shock for the 1998 campaign. During the 1998-99 season, Ngongba traveled to Nice, France to play for the Nice Cavigal before returning to GW as an administrative assistant in October 1999.
A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Ngongba became the sixth player to be inducted into the GW Athletics Hall of Fame on January 24, 2004.
A 1997 graduate from GW with a degree in Sociology, Ngongba completed her Master’s work in Parks, Recreation and Sports Leadership in 2006 from VCU. She married former GW men’s basketball player Patrick Ngongba in 2003 and the couple has a daughter, Naja, and son, Patrick II.