Annie Tarakchian was a basketball player and involved student during her time at Chaminade College Preparatory. She was part of Blue Crew and worked at the Special Olympics held each spring at the West Hills campus. She worked closely with Brother Skip Matthews on service trips to the Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen and to Skid Row to help him distribute meals to the homeless.
Annie played basketball all four years at Chaminade under the coaching direction of Kelly DiMuro and her staff. She was a three-time All-Mission League selection and named Mission League MVP as both a junior and senior. She scored over 1,000 points during her high school career and helped guide the Eagles to a 51-9 record and consecutive Mission League championships.
More than sixty universities with Division I basketball teams expressed interest in Annie and she chose to attend Princeton University. She was a captain on the basketball team, two-time Ivy League Champion, was a key player during their undefeated 2014-15 season, was named Ivy League Player of the Week eight times, and scored over 900 points during her college career. She scored 24 points, a college career high, against Harvard in March 2016 and had 17 rebounds against Brown in January 2016.
In addition to basketball, Annie earned a degree in psychology and continued her dedication to service. She participated in donation drives, youth days and programs dedicated to national disaster relief, providing emotional counseling for athletes with mental illness and helping wrongly convicted criminals acclimate back to society.
In 2015, Annie received Starting Five nationwide recognition and was ranked #1 in the Nation for her three-point percentage. That same year, she was invited to both the New York “Liberty” WNBA team tryout camp at Madison Square Garden and the Team USA Basketball World Cup tryouts at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Spring. Annie was also awarded the title “Best Armenian American Athlete.” She had the honor of carrying the torch at the 2015 Pan-Armenian Olympic Games, where she was captain of the Los Angeles Armenian Girls Basketball Team, a gold medalist and named MVP.
Annie’s professional career began in 2016. She played in Switzerland for the BFC Elfic Firbourg women’s basketball team. She helped the team qualify for the Euro Cup and received the MVP award. She scored her first career triple double and was the only the Euro Cup to score five double doubles out of six games. In 2017, she helped lead the Belgium Royal Castors Braine to win the Belgium cup and Belgium Championship.
Annie has retired from professional basketball, and is currently a Strategic Project Manager for Milo is a startup that provides a quality means for older adults to prolong their independence and well-being at home. Their mission is to redefine aging and break away from the negative stigmas that are associated to growing old.