Former CU women's basketball standout Tracy Tripp begins her fourth year as Director of Basketball Operations as she joined the program on Aug. 1, 2008. Her duties include film exchange, team travel, monitoring the budget, community service and facility coordination.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Tripp was a four-year letterwinner for the Buffaloes from 1985-89 and remains prominent on CU's career charts. She is the ninth leading scorer in team history with 1,574 career points and ranks fourth in assists (443) and minutes played (3,960), fifth in field-goals made (654) and assists (443) and 11th in steals (174) on the school's all-time lists. Tripp's 38-point scoring effort against Oklahoma State on Feb. 4, 1987, is tied for the school single-game record and she also holds single-game marks for field-goals made and attempted (17-for-32 against OSU) and field-goal percentage (11-of-11 against Wyoming on Dec. 2, 1986). She was a key figure on CU's initial NCAA Tournament team in 1988, averaging 12.5 points and nearly four assists per game as a junior.
A 1987 second team All-Big Eight Conference selection, and three-time Academic All-Big Eight pick, Tripp is also a two-time Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. Her first honor came as a prep following her senior year at Fort Collins High School in 1985, and the second after her senior season at CU.
Tripp graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and earned her teaching certificate from Colorado in 1990.
Tripp spent 13 seasons (1995-08) as an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Denver, and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2007-08 season. She assisted the Pioneer's transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA I in 1998 and just four seasons later, helped guide DU into the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Considered and excellent teacher of the game, Tripp was responsible for the development of both guard and post play, scouting of opponents, in-game strategy, and served as the camp director for all summer camps. Tripp's other duties included recruiting, alumni relations and academic support. She was responsible for the development of DU's most notable center, Misa Pavlickova, the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, the 24th overall pick of the 2001 WNBA Draft and a member of the 2004 Czech Republic Olympic team, as well as other numerous all-conference players.
Prior to Denver, Tripp spent one season as an assistant coach at San Diego State (1994-95), helping the Aztecs to the Western Athletic Conference title and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She also spent one season (1993-94) as an assistant basketball and volleyball coach at Western State College.
Before embarking on her collegiate coaching career, Tripp served as head girls basketball coach at Boulder's Fairview High from 1990-93, leading Knights to three-straight Class 5A state tournaments and an overall record of 54-18. Tripp also taught physical education, health and science during her tenure.