Washington's Kevin McGuff Named Ohio State Women's Basketball Coach

By 11W Staff on April 16, 2013 at 6:08p
Washington's Kevin McGuff was named women's basketball coach at Ohio State

Ohio State's long search for a women's basketball coach is finally over. The school announced the hiring of Kevin McGuff Tuesday with an introductory press conference scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m.

McGuff leaves Washington, where he spent the previous two seasons, to return to his home state.

"I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women's basketball coach at Ohio State," McGuff said. "This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, Miechelle Willis and President Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from the state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women's college basketball."

McGuff just finished his 11th season as a head coach. Prior to his stint with Washington, McGuff spent nine years at Xavier, taking the Lady Musketeers to the postseason every year on the way to compiling a 255-99 record, a school record for wins. While with Xavier, McGuff worked with then men's basketball coach Thad Matta.

A native of Hamilton, Ohio, McGuff is an excellent recruiter, having signed back-to-back McDonald's All-Americans at Washington for the first time in school history. While at Xavier, he recruited nationally, successfully pulling in top-rated players from all over the country.

The 43-year-old McGuff is married to wife, Letitia. The couple has six children: Kilyn, Keiryn, Lukas, Lake, Lily and Leks.


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Nick's picture

6 kids how is that dude a college coach!? props to the wife

rider1's picture

Sounds like a solid hire. About time! Welcome!

skid21's picture

I'm just happy to see someone other than Foster. B1G championships and being embarrassed in the tourney went on for way too long.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Hopefully this will be a good move!  Looking forward to seeing how the Lady Buckeyes do over the next few years! 
Good Luck Coach McGuff!!  Go Bucks!

zbd's picture

He signed an extension on March 26th and now goes to OSU?  Those contract extensions mean nothing and have become a joke.  I'm assuming OSU is paying the $1.75 buyout for him in addition to his new contract. And the strangest kid's names I have ever seen.(Leks, Lake) I hope he wins in the NCAA tournament.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

By the time McGuff left Xavier, they had arguably become a better program than the Buckeyes. That's quite an accomplishment at a school like that, especially considering that we still had the best team in the Big Ten in 2008-11.
But while I hate to bring up a sore subject: with the one exception of the year they made their Elite Eight run (as a #3 seed, and they lucked out with having the #2 upset in front of them), his Xavier teams' records in March weren't especially good. It might be a case of the "Gonzaga syndrome," where a team got overrated in the regular season based on dominating a weaker conference, only to get exposed in the tournament. 
That's a mild concern, but all in all this was a good hire. And based on his background, McGuff is someone who is likely to regard this job as a "career" assignment. It's been too long since OSU has had a coach of a high-profile team who has left his post on his own terms. Hopefully, McGuff, Matta, Meyer, and our next hockey guy will turn that around.

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