Apr 21, 2011
Xavier Names Amy Waugh New Head Coach

Amy Waugh helped build a winning tradition in the Xavier women’s basketball program as a sharp-shooting guard for the Musketeers.

As its next leader, she aspires to continue it.

Waugh was introduced Wednesday at Cintas Center as the successor to Kevin McGuff. She was an assistant on McGuff’s staff the past two seasons.

“This has definitely always been a dream of mine, Waugh said. From the day I stepped foot on campus, Xavier has always been a special place. To be sitting here today is definitely a dream come true.”

McGuff resigned April 3 after nine seasons at Xavier to become the head coach at the University of Washington. Athletic director Mike Bobinski said the pool of candidates was exceptional.

“She won the job, Bobinski said of Waugh. She wasn’t given the job. She won the job. She competed for it and was determined by all of us that she is the absolute best person to lead us as we move forward.”

A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Waugh becomes the sixth head coach in the program’s history and the first alumnus to hold the position. Her hiring means Xavier has alumni leading its men’s (Chris Mack) and women’s basketball programs.

“You don’t always have people that are your own that are prepared, capable and the best people available to take a job, Bobinski said. So I think it’s a really unique dynamic. I think it’s a great one in that to know Xavier and to be able to recruit young people to Xavier comes so easily for people who have lived and experienced it first-hand.”

Waugh played at Xavier from 1999 to 2003. As a senior, she was named first team All-Atlantic 10 and an honorable mention All-American after leading the Musketeers and the A-10 in scoring.

Before joining McGuff’s coaching staff, Waugh worked as an assistant at Wake Forest and Youngstown State.

“It was an easy decision to return to Xavier and work with Kevin, she said. I had learned quite a bit from him as a player but even more as a member of his staff. He achieved so much as the leader of this program over the past few years, and I feel a debt of gratitude to him for all he has done to help my professional growth.”

Xavier went 214-73 and reached the postseason in each of McGuff’s nine seasons.
This season the Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title but lost to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They finished 29-3 and were ranked No. 11 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

Waugh stressed her passion for Xavier during the hiring process but also her experience.

“I’ve seen success both as a player and as a coach here, she said. I know how it can be done. And I look forward to building on that.”

Waugh is tasked with replacing four senior starters – guards Special Jennings and Megan Askew, forward Amber Harris and center Ta’Shia Phillips. Harris, the 2010 and 2011 A-10 Player of the Year, and Phillips, the 2010 and 2011 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, were taken in the first round of the WNBA draft this month.

“We have a great core group that is motivated and willing to work hard to continue our success.” Waugh said.

Waugh met briefly with the team before Wednesday’s news conference and players sat behind her parents (Cal and Carol) and brother (Ryan) during it.

Among the returning players in attendance was sophomore guard Katie Rutan, who was thrilled with the university’s decision.

“It’s good to have some certainty because going through these last two weeks no one knew what was going to happen. We were all on the edge of our seats, Rutan said. I’m super happy right now….She knows what she wants and she knows that we can do it. She can be emotional in a good way. Not a bad way. But a good way where she gets all of us motivated to be better. That’s what we need.”

Xavier Names Amy Waugh New Head Coach

Cincinnati Enquirer, Kevin Kelly

Amy Waugh helped build a winning tradition in the Xavier women’s basketball program as a sharp-shooting guard for the Musketeers.

As its next leader, she aspires to continue it.

Waugh was introduced Wednesday at Cintas Center as the successor to Kevin McGuff. She was an assistant on McGuff’s staff the past two seasons.

“This has definitely always been a dream of mine, Waugh said. From the day I stepped foot on campus, Xavier has always been a special place. To be sitting here today is definitely a dream come true.”

McGuff resigned April 3 after nine seasons at Xavier to become the head coach at the University of Washington. Athletic director Mike Bobinski said the pool of candidates was exceptional. “She won the job, Bobinski said of Waugh. She wasn’t given the job. She won the job. She competed for it and was determined by all of us that she is the absolute best person to lead us as we move forward.” A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Waugh becomes the sixth head coach in the program’s history and the first alumnus to hold the position. Her hiring means Xavier has alumni leading its men’s (Chris Mack) and women’s basketball programs. “You don’t always have people that are your own that are prepared, capable and the best people available to take a job, Bobinski said. So I think it’s a really unique dynamic. I think it’s a great one in that to know Xavier and to be able to recruit young people to Xavier comes so easily for people who have lived and experienced it first-hand.” Waugh played at Xavier from 1999 to 2003. As a senior, she was named first team All-Atlantic 10 and an honorable mention All-American after leading the Musketeers and the A-10 in scoring. Before joining McGuff’s coaching staff, Waugh worked as an assistant at Wake Forest and Youngstown State. “It was an easy decision to return to Xavier and work with Kevin, she said. I had learned quite a bit from him as a player but even more as a member of his staff. He achieved so much as the leader of this program over the past few years, and I feel a debt of gratitude to him for all he has done to help my professional growth.” Xavier went 214-73 and reached the postseason in each of McGuff’s nine seasons. This season the Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title but lost to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They finished 29-3 and were ranked No. 11 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Waugh stressed her passion for Xavier during the hiring process but also her experience. “I’ve seen success both as a player and as a coach here, she said. I know how it can be done. And I look forward to building on that.” Waugh is tasked with replacing four senior starters – guards Special Jennings and Megan Askew, forward Amber Harris and center Ta’Shia Phillips. Harris, the 2010 and 2011 A-10 Player of the Year, and Phillips, the 2010 and 2011 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, were taken in the first round of the WNBA draft this month. “We have a great core group that is motivated and willing to work hard to continue our success.” Waugh said. Waugh met briefly with the team before Wednesday’s news conference and players sat behind her parents (Cal and Carol) and brother (Ryan) during it. Among the returning players in attendance was sophomore guard Katie Rutan, who was thrilled with the university’s decision. “It’s good to have some certainty because going through these last two weeks no one knew what was going to happen. We were all on the edge of our seats, Rutan said. I’m super happy right now….She knows what she wants and she knows that we can do it. She can be emotional in a good way. Not a bad way. But a good way where she gets all of us motivated to be better. That’s what we need.”






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