CINCINNATI – Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski announced that Amy Waugh is the new XU women’s basketball head coach. Bobinski made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference held at Cintas Center. Waugh, a 2003 Xavier University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education, is the sixth head coach in program history but is the first Xavier alumnus to take over the XU women’s basketball program.
“I have been impressed with Amy’s personality, competitive fire and leadership abilities beginning with her days here as a player,” said Bobinski. “She has matured as a coach over the past eight years as an assistant but I see that competitive fire burning even stronger today in her than I did when she was our point guard. I have watched her on and off the court over the past two years on Kevin’s staff. It is clear that she is ready to make that next step. I am thrilled that she will be doing so as the leader of our women’s basketball program.”
Waugh spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach on the Xavier staff under former head coach Kevin McGuff, who recently resigned to take over as Washington’s new head coach. Prior to returning to Xavier in 2009, Waugh was an assistant coach at Wake Forest for five seasons (2004-09) and Youngstown State for one season (2003-04).
Waugh has plenty of rich history as a star player and coach at Xavier, helping lead XU to its first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance as a player in 2001 and its second NCAA Elite Eight appearance as a coach in 2010. In Waugh’s six years as a player and coach at Xavier, XU has made five NCAA tournament appearances.
”I am tremendously excited for this opportunity to be head coach at Xavier University,” commented Waugh. “There is a tradition of excellence at Xavier both academically and athletically. Those are traditions I am proud to have been a part of as a player and a coach. I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the program and am very eager to continue the success of Xavier women’s basketball.”
Over the past two seasons as an assistant at Xavier, Waugh has helped lead the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Atlantic 10 as well as two consecutive A-10 Championship titles. The Musketeers have compiled a 59-7 overall record and a spotless 28-0 mark in league action over the past two years. The team appeared in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for only the second time in school history and returned to the national stage in 2011, falling in the NCAA tournament second round after earning the school’s highest-ever seed at No. 2. XU finished fifth in the final Associated Press Poll in both 2010 and 2011.
Prior to coming to Xavier for the 2009-10 season, Waugh had spent five seasons at Wake Forest as an assistant coach under Mike Petersen. She worked primarily with the Demon Deacon guards, including All-ACC players Coteila Bond-Young, Liz Strunk and Deirdre Naughton. Waugh also handled duties with recruiting, scouting opponents, community involvement and the Deacon Club.
Prior to Wake Forest, Waugh served as an assistant coach for the Youngstown State women’s basketball program for one season. Her coaching responsibilities included working with the Penguin perimeter players but she also coordinated film exchange, camps, travel and monitored student-athletes’ academic progress.
Waugh enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career with the Musketeers, leading Xavier to three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, including the 2001 Elite Eight her sophomore year as she contributed 11.3 ppg in XU’s four NCAA games. As a senior in 2002-03, she knocked down a school-record 107 3-pointers as the Musketeers finished 20-10 and advanced to the NCAA tournament first round. Waugh led Xavier and the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 19 points per game and she led the nation with 3.6 3-point field goals per game. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and was named an Honorable Mention All-American by womenscollegehoops.com and Basketball Times. She was also a finalist for the Detroit Rotary Club Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation’s best point guard.
Waugh also still holds the Xavier records for career free-throw percentage (.854) and the single-season records for 3-point field goals attempted (271), free-throws made (146) and free-throw percentage (.885) all of which were set during her season year in 2002-03.
As the sixth head coach in Xavier women’s basketball history, Waugh will lead the Musketeers into their 41st season. Preceding Waugh were McGuff (214-73, 2002-2011), Melanie Balcomb (135-78, 1995-2002), Mark Ehlen (122-130, 1986-1995), Laurie Massa (100-144, 1976-86) and Tony Brueneman (33-18, 1971-76).
In addition to her success as a player at Xavier, it can also be noted that Waugh garnered national attention when she was crowned the 3-point shooting champion at the 15th annual ESPN College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Shooting Championship at the 2003 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Waugh defeated a field of seven other women to be the female champion, then defeated men’s champion Darnell Archey of Butler to be crowned overall champion.
Waugh, who played her high school basketball at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., was born September 16, 1981 in Flint, Mich.