In two years, Washington coach Kevin McGuff has experienced success that the program hasn’t seen in decades. No wonder his contract was extended through 2020. Terms of the deal were not immediately released.
McGuff, whose team’s season ended Sunday with a second round loss in the WNIT, had back-to-back 20-wins seasons — a first for Washington since the 1990s. He also recruited the program’s first McDonald’s All-Americans in F Katie Collier and PG Kelsey Plum. Collier didn’t play this season, however, due to a knee injury while Plum was also selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American.
McGuff replaced Tia Jackson in April 2011, after the latter dragged the school through four consecutive losing seasons — a first for UW. He originally signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 annually plus incentives. It makes McGuff the highest-paid coach in UW women’s basketball history. He’s also the program’s first male coach.
Jackson did recruit some eventual star players in PG Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year in 2012. She’s just the second in UW program history to receive the honor. Jackson also recruited underclassmen forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and senior Jeneva Anderson.
But the culture this season was vastly different than under Jackson. The current players that remained through the change from June Daugherty to Jackson in 2007 didn’t have any ill-will, but often admitted McGuff was more casual than Jackson. Senior G Kristi Kingma said the 2012-13 season was her favorite of the five years she spent in the program.
“It was my favorite and most fun season (because of) my teammates,” Kingma said. “Sitting out last year (with a knee injury), I obviously had the opportunity to see them grow and see the freshmen come in and make their mark and really mature and improve. For me, this team and the coaching staff has just been so much fun and such a blessing. There was no drama, there was no outside influences that were really hurting the team. We all got along. Lots of teams say that, but we truly bonded and got to a place where we respected and really loved each other. For me, it was the best season I’ve had.”
Here’s the full release from the school regarding McGuff’s extension:
SEATTLE – Washington head women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff has agreed to a contract extension through 2020, according to UW director of athletics Scott Woodward.
McGuff completed his second season at Washington, taking the Dawgs to their second-straight WNIT and winning 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94 and 1994-95. The terms of the extension were not yet released, but the contract will take McGuff through the 2019-2020 season.
“I am incredibly humbled by the commitment Scott Woodward has shown me, my family and our women’s basketball program,” said McGuff. “I am also extremely appreciative of the efforts of my staff and our student-athletes in helping create a winning culture. I look forward to continuing the process of building a nationally respected program at the University of Washington.”
In the first two seasons under McGuff, Washington has a record of 41-26. This past season, the Dawgs finished fifth in the Pac-12 regular season and advanced to the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Dawgs have played in the WNIT each of the past two years, earning a trip to the quarterfinals last season and the second round this year.
Overall, McGuff is 6-4 in postseason play, including the Pac-12 Tournament and the WNIT.
“In two encouraging years Kevin has revitalized the program while maintaining its high level of achievement off the court, as well,” said Woodward. “He has us moving in the direction we sought when we hired him.”
“You can see his resolve, his tireless work ethic and his character in his team. It is well on its way to the standard we expect: competing at the highest level of the Pac-12 and the nation.”
Individually, McGuff has overseen the development of several players, including Jazmine Davis who has scored more points in her first two seasons than any player in UW history. She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year a season ago and twice has been named All-Pac-12.
This past season, Washington had a pair of All-Pac-12 players with Davis and Kristi Kingma, while Talia Walton was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and Aminah Williams the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
In recruiting, McGuff has netted the program’s first two McDonald’s All-Americans with Katie Collier in 2012 and Kelsey Plum in 2013. Collier missed all of her freshman season with a knee injury, but should be healthy to join Plum on the court next season with the Huskies.