Tanya Garner enters her fifth year as an assistant coach with the Dukes' program. Garner came to Duquesne from West Mifflin Area High School where she had served as an assistant coach since 1997. The former Penn State standout works with Duquesne's guards, handles community service projects and aids in recruiting and scouting.
Garner played under Coach Durkin at Penn State where she helped lead the Lady Lions to a 29-2 record as a senior co-captain in 1991. She finished her career with 1,538 points, which included 470 markers as a junior in 1990. She completed her degree in human development and family studies at PSU in 1991. Over her four years, Penn State went 88-36, captured two Atlantic 10 titles (1990, 1991) and made three NCAA tournament appearances (1988, 1990, 1991). Garner competed in the Olympic Festival in 1989 and 1990. Garner stands ninth entering the 2007 slate on the Lady Lions' all-time steals list with 223 and was the team's steals leader from for three of her four seasons with 62, 61 and 71 from the 1989 to 1991 seasons respectively. She held the 1991 season three-point field goal percentage record hitting 24-54 shots for a .429 accuracy and ranks sixth at PSU with 118 career treys. Garner also stands ninth on the career assists lists with 411 and had four double-digit assist games over her tenure.
At West Mifflin, Garner helped lead the Titans to the 2001 WPIAL Class AAA championship crown and to the title game of the PIAA state championship. During her time with the Titans, West Mifflin advanced to the state semifinals in 1998 and to the quarterfinal rounds in 1999 and 2000. They also advanced to the WPIAL semifinals each of those years and were Class AAA runners-up in the 2000 season.
The 36-year old Garner served over a ten-year term as a program supervisor for The Familylinks before joining the Duquesne coaching ranks. She resides in Pittsburgh.