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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former assistant coach Guth named Yale's new coach

Yale made it official by naming former assistant coach Allison Guth as its new women's basketball coach.

Guth returns to New Haven after spending three years as an assistant at Northwestern.

Here is the release from Yale

Allison Guth, a former Yale assistant coach who went on to help Northwestern earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years, is the new Joel E. Smilow Class of 1954 head  coach of Yale women’s basketball.
Guth, the 10th coach in the 43-year history of the program, coached at Yale from 2010 to 2012 and then served as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats, who went 23-9 and 12-6 in the Big Ten.
She takes over an Eli team that went 13-15 last season and finished tied for third (7-7) in the Ivy League.
"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about my opportunity to lead Yale women's basketball.  Yale is an incredibly special institution in that it provides a world class experience academically, athletically and socially,” said Guth, who recruited Northwestern’s leading scorer last season, Nia Coffey. “I am proud to represent a University that stands for everything that is good and right in college athletics."
Guth, with 10-plus seasons of coaching experience, has a reputation as a strong recruiter. She secured one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the 2012-13 Wildcats, one that ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 22 in all of Division I.
Guth assisted legendary Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown, who has won over 600 games in his career, preparing herself for her first stint as a collegiate head coach.
The 2011-12 season was a special one for the Elis with Guth as an assistant. Yale went 16-12 (8-6 Ivy) and finished second, Yale’s best spot in the standings since 1988-89. The year before, the Bulldogs went 10-4 in the Ivy League and earned its first WNIT berth.
During her time at Yale, Guth coached first-team All-Ivy forward Megan Vasquez ’13 and Ivy League Rookie of the Year Sarah Halejian ’15, as well as four other All-Ivy players.
“Allison was a tremendous mentor to our student-athletes during her tenure as an assistant coach at Yale,” said Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett. “Her experiences at Northwestern and her familiarity with Yale make her the ideal individual to lead our women’s basketball program. I am thrilled to welcome her back to the Yale coaching family.”
Guth, an Arlington Heights, Ill., native spent two seasons at DePaul before coming to Yale, handling video exchange, scouting and all on-campus recruiting for the Blue Demons. DePaul reached the Big East and NCAA tournaments in both of her years in Chicago.
Prior to DePaul, Guth served as an assistant coach at Missouri, but she began her coaching career at Loyola-Chicago as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Ramblers from 2005 to 2007.
A 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois, Guth was a three-time letterwinner after earning a spot on the basketball team as a walk-on. She helped the Illini reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
While at Illinois, Guth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business, before getting her master’s in educational leadership from DePaul in 2010.
Guth replaces Chris Gobrecht, who recently accepted the women’s basketball head coaching job at Air Force.

What They Are Saying About Her:
Dr. Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation at Northwestern University
“Yale University is welcoming a tremendous basketball coach and even better person in Allison Guth, the perfect choice to lead the Bulldogs. Her paramount priority is the development and well-being of the student-athletes she works with, helping them reach their maximum potential in the classroom, in the community and in competition. The Yale women’s basketball program is in terrific hands."
Joe McKeown, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Northwestern"We are really excited for Allison and also for Yale as they are getting both an outstanding coach and person! Her experience at Northwestern helped prepare her to reach her goal to become a head coach. I know that she loved her experience at Yale and is truly passionate about the school and the Ivy League."
Doug Bruno, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at DePaul"Allison Guth was an absolute joy as a member of our DePaul women's basketball staff.  She was the 'total package.' Intelligent & hoop smart, hard-working, a great teammate & flat out fun!!! Allie's best quality was her care and compassion for people. Allison Guth is one of those people who can relate to people of all ages, races, and genders.  She is totally comfortable with paupers & kings. She is one of those people who can light up any room. Underneath her fun-loving persona is also one consummate competitor.  Allie loves to win.  Yale will love her & the rest of the Ivies need to get ready.


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