Patriot League 20th Anniversary Profile: Anne Tierney



Jan. 18, 2011

Name: Anne Tierney
Institution: Lehigh University
Sport: Women's Basketball
Graduation Year: 2003 (undergraduate), 2004 (Graudate)
Undergraduate Degree: Economics and Finance; MS Economics
Did You Know?
Trained five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres prior to the 2008 Olympic Games.

Anne Tierney has always been able to blend academics and athletics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in economics and finance, before getting her master's degree in economics. She made her mark in the Patriot League during her first campaign, as she won Rookie of the Year honors after leading the League in scoring (18.5).

Upon graduation from Lehigh, she received the Richard H. Johnson Award in Economics (top undergraduate economics student), the University Service Award (unsurpassed dedication to Lehigh University through an organization), Undergraduate Merit Award (Outstanding Achievement in Academics), and Lehigh's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for 2002-2003.

One of only three Patriot League women's basketball players to exceed 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during her career, she was inducted into Roger S. Penske/Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Four-time First-Team All-Patriot League Selection (2000-03)
  • 2000 Patriot League Rookie of the Year
  • Two-time Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2001-02)
  • Second in Patriot League career rebounding (1,129) and fifth in scoring (1,807) and free throw percentage (79.8%)
  • Twice led Patriot League in rebounding (2000, 2001)
  • Tied Patriot League mark with 21 rebounds in one game
  • Three-time CoSIDA District II Academic All-American
  • 2003 "NCAA Woman of the Year" Nominee

    Q: What factors helped in your decision to attend Lehigh?
    A: The outstanding education, beautiful campus, and team atmosphere.

    Q: Who were your sports idols growing up and why?
    A: Charles Barkley because of his amazing rebounding ability even though he was not very tall.

    Q: What was your proudest athletic accomplishment(s) at Lehigh?
    A: Helping to build it into the program that it is today - going for their third straight Patriot League Championship and NCAA berth!

    Q: What was your proudest academic accomplishment at Lehigh?
    A: Completing my Masters degree in two semesters.

    Q: How were you able to balance the demands in the classroom with the demands of being an athlete?
    A: I actually found it easier to balance everything because of sports - you had to manage your time very efficiently and kept me out of trouble! I always had like a lot on my "plate."

    Q: How did your experience as a student-athlete prepare you for life after college?
    A: Balance, organization, and time management. Being able to do 18-20 credits a semester at a school like Lehigh plus maintain competitive on the court was a lot of work, but life is a lot of work!

    Q: If you could go back to college and compete one more time, where would it be and against whom?
    A: Well, Navy was my all-time FAVORITE place to play. Not only was the campus beautiful, but I usually played well there and have a lot of great memories - like my 1,000th point. But I would like to play Holy Cross again - we always had some good battles and they always had great players and were very well coached.

    Q: If you had to offer current student-athletes some words of wisdom what would they be?
    A: Enjoy every second - it is an amazing opportunity.

    Q: Do you still follow Lehigh athletics?
    A: As much as I can - I wish I could get to more games!

    Q: Looking back, what does it mean to you to have been a Patriot League student-athlete?
    A: A lot. I'm proud to say that because anyone that knows the Patriot League knows that they are great schools so to be able to be a student-athlete there is a great accomplishment.

    Q: Can you talk about your professional career?
    A: I began my professional career as an analyst for Standard & Poor's in New York City and absolutely loved it - Lehigh definitely prepared me. Then I went off and followed my passion for athletics and run my own training company that is focused on flexibility - Innovative Body Solutions. My business partner and I created Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching and have had the opportunity to work with many Olympic and Professional athletes, create a DVD, and train others in our craft across the country. So in essence the combination of athletics and education throughout college has pretty much continued into my professional life!