Following a highly successful run at Xavier University, Kevin McGuff became the ninth coach at the University of Washington on April 3, 2011. His first year as the Huskies coach will be his 20th season professionally, a career that has coaching stops ranging from Cincinnati to South Bend, Ind., to Oxford, Ohio. McGuff comes to Seattle after nine seasons with the Musketeers, where he compiled a 213-73 record. He set a record for most wins in program history, and reached the postseason in each season he coached. His five straight NCAA Tournament appearances was also a Xavier record.
During that stretch, McGuff showed how to dominate within conference play. His Xavier teams were consistently the class of the Atlantic-10, sporting a 106-28 record in nine seasons. The past two seasons, Xavier has gone undefeated (14-0) in A-10 play. McGuff led the Musketeers to four A-10 tournament championships, including this past season. This year, his team posted a 28-3 record (.903 winning percentage) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which was hosted at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.
McGuff has made the NCAA Tournament six times as the Xavier coach. His pinnacle was an Elite Eight appearance in the 2009-10 season, where his team was one missed layup away from the Final Four. In his first Sweet Sixteen that same year, McGuff's Xavier team gained revenge on a Gonzaga team that had upset them the year before. In Cincinnati, McGuff demonstrated that he could bring talented student-athletes to the Queen City from across the nation. From 2005-11, McGuff signed players from 12 different states, showing he's capable of recruiting all areas of the country. The class he signed in 2010 was ranked No. 18 in the country.
McGuff took over the Xavier job after a six-year run as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, inheriting a team that had gone 12-19 the year before. McGuff steered the program to a 20-10 record, one of the most significant turnarounds for a head coach at that time. While with the Fighting Irish, McGuff was an assistant to legendary coach Muffet McGraw. He was a staff member on the Notre Dame team that captured the NCAA Championship in 2001. The Irish reached the Sweet Sixteen four times during his tenure in South Bend, and the Final Four twice. The Irish were 160-39 (.804 winning percentage) in his tenure.
Prior to taking the job as an assistant at Notre Dame, McGuff held a similar position with Miami University (Ohio). During his time in Oxford, McGuff was in charge of scouting efforts, internal and external operations of the program, as well as the director of the team's summer camps.
The 41-year-old McGuff is married to his wife Letitia. The couple has five children: Kilyn, Keiryn, Lukas, Lake and Lily.
What Others Are Saying About Kevin McGuff
"The University of Washington made a great choice when it hired Kevin McGuff to lead its women's basketball program. Kevin is one of the best young coaches in the country and, more importantly, is a person of high character. The entire University community will love Kevin and UW women's basketball will be competing at an elite level in the near future."
Geno Auriemma, Head coach at University of Connecticut.
"I know Kevin McGuff as a basketball coach perhaps as well as any coach. And I respect him as much as anybody. He has a phenomenal way of connecting with young kids, not only coaching them but also recruiting them. What he did at Xavier was unprecedented. I worked right next to him for five years, and I know Washington could not have found a better basketball coach. He's comprehensive, not only with recruiting but also player-development. Most importantly he has the ability to win, and he covers all bases."
Sean Miller, Head men's basketball coach at the University of Arizona.
"Kevin McGuff is an outstanding coach, but more importantly a great person that cares about the long-term success of his student-athletes. He recruited All-American athletes to Xavier and elevated the Women's Basketball team to a Top 10 nationally-recognized program."
Bernadette V. McGlade, Atlantic-10 Conference Commissioner.
"Without question, Kevin is one of the brightest young coaching minds in the country. There's no one who is a better fit or a better choice for the University of Washington than Kevin. He will have great success out there. We certainly appreciate everything he did for our program and we wish him all the best."
Muffet McGraw, Head coach at Notre Dame.
"In Kevin McGuff, the University of Washington has gotten the consummate strategist and a great recruiter. The Huskies are going to be very competitive in the Pac-12, his teams play defense, they are very well coached and he has them buying in to his system. He has the whole package and he's going to take the university a long way."
Jim Jabir, Head coach at the University of Dayton.
"Kevin McGuff's accomplishments in coaching speak for themselves. He built Xavier into a national power while not being in a traditional power conference, which is rare. McGuff has been a very good recruiter, signing the No. 18 class in the country in the 2010 class and his recruits haven't been restricted to the Midwest. His recruits have consistently mentioned a positive, family environment in his program as a major factor in committing. Husky fans should look forward to McGuff taking over a team known for its defensive abilities, which should be right up his ally. His experience as an assistant for six years at Notre Dame along with the level of recruit signing at Xavier in his tenure show he knows what is needed to succeed in a BCS conference."
Chris Hansen, National Director of Prospects ESPN HoopGurlz
"I have known Kevin since his days at Notre Dame. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his ability to help build a championship program. He helped win a National Championship at Notre Dame, he won A-10 titles at Xavier and he will bring national recognition to Washington. He will work incredibly hard to bring success and excitement to the University of Washington's basketball program. In my opinion, Washington has hired one of the best young coaches in America!"
Michael Shafer, Head Coach at the University of Richmond