The 2014-15 season will mark Tara Macciocco's 11th season as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Marywood University and seventh year as Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Recreation in addition to her duties as Marywood's Compliance and Academic Coordinator and Senior Woman Administrator.
Coach Macciocco brings a hometown feeling to the Marywood’s women’s basketball program after playing scholastically at neighboring high school, Dunmore. At Dunmore High School, Tara scored 2,211 career points and led Dunmore to the 1994 state Class AA title game. Macciocco earned a Division I scholarship to Penn State University and was a member of the Lady Lions 1994 Big Ten Championship team and was an integral part in the Lady Lions NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" run in 1996. Macciocco earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport & Recreational Management from Penn State in 1998.
Macciocco finished her playing career at Division II Lock Haven University during the 1998-1999 season where she was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all conference team while setting a school record for free throw percentage and was also ranked second in the nation in that same category during the 1998-1999 season.
In 2001, Macciocco was named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Wilkes University. For her three seasons at Wilkes University, Macciocco acted as recruiting coordinator for the program and worked primarily with the development of the guards.
In June of 2004, Macciocco became Marywood University’s first full-time Women’s Basketball coach. Since Macciocco’s arrival at Marywood, she has steadily re-built Marywood into a perennial conference contender returning the Pacers to Conference playoffs in the past four seasons finishing with a program-tying best record of 19-8 and a berth in their first ECAC Championship Tournament in 2010-11. The Pacers advanced to the CSAC Semifinals in 2011-12 and earned their second-straight bid to the ECAC Tournament. During Macciocco’s tenure, she has coached several All Conference Players in addition to six 1,000 point scorers.
Macciocco was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2004 and was ranked by the Scranton Times-Tribune as one of the area's top 100 athletes of all-time. Macciocco is also a 2009 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.
Coach Macciocco, who currently resides in Dunmore, PA, recently started her own business, FUNdamentally Sound Basketball Academy, running camps and clinics and doing private basketball instruction.
Hey Coach. I am currently a student assistant at LHU for the women's basketball team. I see that you studied at Lok Haven. Quite a place huh? ANy advice for a fellow PSAC member? I live near Marywood, how do you like it?
Hello Coach Macciocco, I would like your professional opinion, I have been coaching high school girl’s varsity the pass 3yrs and I have 3 underclassmen that are being highly recruited. But recently, I was offered a volunteer position at a D3 school to be assistant women’s coach. My goal is to become a college coach, would it be a better move to college now or stay in high school until these players finish up?