Prior to her 1984 arrival at Ventura College, Tara McLean was an All Channel League, All Ventura County basketball player on two CIF State Championship Buena Bulldog Girl's teams, winning numerous individual awards and special recognitions.
Upon enrolling at Ventura College, the 5'10'' point guard immediately had a significant impact, helping to lead the Lady Pirates to a 1984-85 Western State Conference Championship and a #4 State ranking. Tara was named to the 1st Team All WSC, while leading the WSC in assists with 7.8 per game and scoring at an 8.8 points per game average.
In her sophomore year at Ventura College, Tara continued to dominate in leading the Lady Pirates to a second consecutive WSC Championship with a 21-7 season record. She racked up numerous individual honors during the 1985-86 campaign, including being named to three pre-conference All Tournament Teams, leading the WSC in assists with 6.7 per game, and was fifth in scoring at a 15.1 points per game clip. In one particular game against cross county rival Moorpark College, Tara scored 29 points, had 15 rebounds, and added 6 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocked shots.
Tara was honored as the Pirates MVP, was selected as the WSC Player of the Year, and was named to the 1st Team All Southern California and 1st Team All State Teams following the 1985-86 season. In addition, Tara McLean was selected aas teh Ventura College Most Outstanding Female Athlete for 1985-86, while receiving similar honors from teh Ventura County Hall of Fame.
Upon completion of her career at Ventura College, Tara McLean accepted a full athletic scholarship to Oregon State University, where she played guard and small forward for two years in the Pac 10 Conference. After graduation in 1990, Tara began to embark on a coaching career as the Women's Head Basketball Coach at Camarillo High SChool, all the time continuing to hone her basketball skills. As a result, Tara was invited to Atlanta, Georgia as one of the top 500 female basketball players from around the world to try out for the American Basketball Professional League (ABL), a women's professional basketball league in the United States.
An exemplary collegiate scholar athlete and a terrific role model on and off the court, Tara McLean-Emery was recently asked to serve as a panelist of former Pac 10 student athletes, at the Pac 10 Conference Championships, to share her collegiate experiences and how they relate to professional success.
A highly decorated high school, community college and university athlete, Tara also served as the Assistant Coach for the Lady Pirates from 1995-2001. During those six years, the Lady Pirates compiled a record of 212-9, winning four California Community College State Championships and had two other final State Championship appearances.