A positive and energetic person, June Daugherty guided the University of Washington women's basketball program for 11 years as its head coach and led the UW to postseason nine times during her UW tenure.
One of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2003, Daugherty led Washington to six NCAA Tournaments and three WNIT appearances. She coached the only Husky to ever win a Pac-10 Player of the Year award in Giuliana Mendiola. She guided the careers of five Kodak District VIII All-Americans: Mendiola, Loree Payne, Megan Franza, Jamie Redd and Amber Hall. And since coming to Montlake, Daugherty's players have made a heavy imprint on the Husky record books. Daugherty-coached players have set Husky career records in six categories.
Daugherty completed her time at the UW following the 2006-07 season with an 18-year career record of 314-213. Her first two victories of the 2002 season made her the second-winningest coach at Washington and her overall record at UW was 191-139 (.579) and 113-85 (.571) in Pacific-10 Conference play.
Under Daugherty, the Huskies led the Pac-10 in home attendance back-to-back years in 2002-03 and 2003-04. In 2002-03, UW's school record average attendance (4,981) ranked 18th in the nation and was the sixth best increase in average fans from the previous season.
Led by a starting five that featured two juniors and three sophomores, the 2005-06 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 19-win season.
The 2004-05 squad was one of seven NCAA Div. I teams not to feature a single senior on its roster. Despite failing to finish above .500 (14-16) and earning a postseason appearance, the Huskies won eight of their last 13 games - momentum the group continued right into 2005-06.
In 2003-04, the Huskies earned a spot in the WNIT and advanced to the second round, while recording at least 18 wins for the fourth-straight season. UW defeated Pepperdine in the first round of the WNIT, but fell to eventual champion Creighton in the second round.
In 2002-03, Washington posted its first 20-win regular season under Daugherty, as well as its second 22-win season in three years. For the second straight season, the Huskies tied for second in the Pac-10 standings with their best conference record during Daugherty's tenure, 13-5.
The 2003 season also saw Mendiola become the first Husky ever to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. A successful season was capped by a perfect 14-0 record at Bank of America Arena, in front of a school-record and Pac-10 leading 4,981 fans per game. The women also set a single-game attendance record when 8,408 fans were on hand to see Washington down UCLA 111-77.
Washington remained atop the Pac-10 Conference in 2002, finishing in a tie for second place with the same 12-6 record as the previous year. The Huskies were invited to the WNIT and advanced to the third round, hosting three games in Bank of America Arena and knocking off North Texas and USC along the way.
In 2001 Daugherty engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in the country for a women's basketball squad, from one season to the next. She guided Washington to its first Pac-10 Conference title since 1990, and after a two-year absence, a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
From there, the Huskies made a dramatic run through the Big Dance, knocking off Old Dominion, Florida and Oklahoma en route to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Daugherty guided the Huskies to their first 20-win season since 1995 as the team led the Pac-10 in rebounding, broke several school and conference records and collected all-league, all-academic and all-America honors throughout the year.
The team's turnaround from ninth place the previous year to the Pac-10 championship in 2001 was the greatest in conference history. Picked to finish sixth and seventh in the Pac-10 in preseason polls, the Huskies put together a season that surprised everyone but themselves.
During the 2005-06 school year, five Huskies made the Dean's List including Emily Florence, Kristen O'Neill, Kayla Burt, Angie Jones and Erica Schelly. As a team, the Huskies finished the winter quarter with a 3.29 overall grade point average, ranking third over among the UW women's teams. During the fall quarter, 12 Huskies recorded gpa's above a 3.0.
For good measure, sixteen Daugherty coached players have combined for 49 selections to the Pac-10 All-Academic team (first-team, second-team and honorable mention).
Daugherty was named head coach at Washington May 10, 1996, replacing 11-year coach Chris Gobrecht, who had resigned to accept the head job at Florida State. She became the seventh head coach in UW women's basketball history.
In Daugherty's first season, the Huskies posted a record of 17-11, winning seven of their last 10 games and finishing in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10. She capped her inaugural year with an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, guiding the Huskies back after a one-year absence.
Her second season saw the Huskies reach 18 victories for the first time since the 1994-95 season. They logged a 9-0 non-conference record, the first time a Washington team went undefeated in non-league play. Her team, which included five freshmen, jumped out to a 10-0 record and, after not appearing in the preseason rankings, soared as high as No. 7 with victories over such formidable competition as No. 26 Kansas, No. 18 Iowa, No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 20 North Carolina State.
The 1999 season saw Washington open with a victory at perennial power Iowa and face top-ranked Connecticut on its home court. The Huskies finished the regular season by winning three straight, including an upset of No. 12 UCLA in the final game in Hec Edmundson Pavilion before it was shutdown for a year-long remodel. Washington went on to participate in the WNIT, hosting Northwest neighbor Portland in the first round and advancing to the second round at New Mexico.
Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line, a young squad with no seniors and an off-campus home court, Washington suffered through an 8-22 campaign in 2000. The season was not without its highlights though, the biggest coming on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24 Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. It was the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 for Daugherty.
Washington was led by the scoring duo of Loree Payne (17.4 ppg) and Megan Franza (17.2 ppg), who combined to form the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington have a player on the first team every year but two since the league began play in the 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolific freshman players in UW history, breaking eight freshman records, highlighted by her scoring mark of 521 points.
Prior to her arrival at Washington, Daugherty was the head coach at Boise State for seven years, from 1989-96. During that period, she compiled a 123-74 overall record and a 73-31 record in the Big Sky Conference.
Under Daugherty's guidance, the Boise State program achieved a number of firsts -- a first NCAA tournament bid, a national ranking, and a regular season conference title. In 1992, the Broncos won the Big Sky regular season championship, and in 1994 they shared the conference crown with Montana and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. At the conclusion of the 1993-94 season, Daugherty was named Big Sky Co-Coach of the Year.
Prior to her arrival, Boise State qualified for the Big Sky Tournament twice, and Daugherty continued that trend, making the four-team tournament in six of seven seasons. During the 1993-94 season, the Broncos were ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 polls from January through the end of the season, climbing as high as 17th in mid-February.
The Broncos enjoyed tremendous success off the playing court under Daugherty. The program averaged 500 fans per game the year before Daugherty took over as head coach, and in her first season, average home attendance soared to more than 2,000, a level that had been consistent throughout her tenure. In each of her seven seasons, Boise State ranked among the nation's top 30 in home attendance.
The program reached an all-time high in 1993-94 with an average of 4,003 per game. During her tenure, more than 30 student-athletes were named to the Big Sky Conference all-academic team. Two of Daugherty's players - Lidiya Varbanova (1993 and '94) and Michelle Schultz (1995) - earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Prior to her appointment at Boise State, Daugherty served as an assistant coach to Tara Vanderveer at Stanford University from 1985 to 1989. During her tenure, she helped guide the Cardinal from a sub-.500 record in 1985-86 to one of its finest seasons in school history when it finished the 1989 campaign with a record of 28-3, and undefeated Pac-10 season and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional final.
She also had a two-year stint on the Kent State staff as an assistant coach from 1983 to 1985.
Just prior to the start of the 2001 season, Daugherty was honored for her talent as a collegiate athlete when she was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a standout basketball player for the Buckeyes from 1974-78.
A 1978 OSU graduate, Daugherty helped the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championships in 1977 and 1978. She stills stands at No. 21 on Ohio State's career scoring chart with 1,137 points, and ranks fourth in career rebounds (829) and 15th in career field goals made. She shares the single game school record for blocked shots, with 12 against Michigan State in 1976. At the conclusion of her senior season, she earned first team all-America honors and was a Wade Trophy finalist the first year the award was presented.
Following graduation, Daugherty played and coached on several international teams, including a stint as a player and head coach for the Union Sportive Vierzon Club based in France.
Daugherty is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association and is a former member of its Board of Directors. She is also a Russell Athletic/WBCA Coach of the Year Committee Member. Each year she serves as a clinician for the NCAA YES Clinic at the Final Four. On the local scene, Daugherty is on the Seattle University Board of Directors for the "Center for Study of Sport."
Daugherty has been active in USA Basketball and was an assistant coach for the West Team at the 1995 Olympic Sports Festival where former Husky Jamie Redd was a member of the team.
More recently, she has seen former Husky Loree Payne become a member of the gold-medal-winning Jones Cup Team in 2000 and earn a tryout for the World University Games Team in 2001 along with teammate Andrea Lalum. Giuliana Mendiola was invited to tryout for the Junior National Team, in 2001, before a 2003 invitation to the National Team Trials.
Daugherty is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is the daughter of Naomi and Jim Brewer and has two brothers and one sister. She and her husband, Mike, are the parents of twins. An active and athletic person, Daugherty's hobbies include cycling, yoga, pilates, scuba diving and being a soccer mom.