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Huskies hire McGuff away from Xavier

Kevin McGuff who compiled a 214-73 record at Xavier over nine seasons has signed a five year deal worth $475,000 per yer to be the head coach of the Husky women's basketball program. McGuff is the first male to ever hold the position and the $475,000 is an astronomical figure in comparison to the $180,000 per year that former coach Tia Jackson was making.

The 41-year-old Ohio native turned Xavier from a sub-.500 team into a national powerhouse that has averaged 25 wins per season over the last six years. McGuff was an assistant coach at Notre Dame for six years before taking the Xavier position. He was part of the Irish's 2001 national championship run.

This was a big investment by Woodward. This hiring makes a statement. The Huskies will once again be a major player once in women's basketball. Folks will turn out and watch an exciting women's basketball team and McGuff is exactly the type of guy that can get it done.

"The potential for success in women's basketball at Washington is amazing. Talk to anybody," McGuff said, "this program is viewed as a sleeping giant."

Kevin McGuff

"It's going to be exciting to have Kevin as a leader in this community that for decades has passionately supported women's basketball. Our Huskies will love him."

Scott Woodward