Welcome to Columbus, Kevin McGuff

Written April 16th, 2013 by Ken

Hello, Buckeyes!

Ohio State announced the hiring of Kevin McGuff as the new Ohio State University Women’s basketball coach. Coach Jim Foster retired this year after 11 seasons at Ohio State, where his teams were 279-82 (.772), having accomplished the most wins and highest winning percentage in school history.

Coach McGuff has 11 seasons as head coach; two years most recently at University of Washington preceded by nine years at Xavier (sound familiar?). In those 11 years, McGuff’s team achieved a record of  255-99 (.720), so he brings an impressive record of accomplishment with him to Columbus. In a sense, Kevin and his family are returning home; he is a native of Hamilton, OH.

Below are excerpts from Gene Smith’s announcement, as well as a link to the full announcement.

April 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, announced today Kevin McGuff has been named head women’s basketball coach at The Ohio State University.

Gene Smith, Athletic Director

“We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” Smith said. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.”

Kevin McGuff, Coach

“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.”

Miechelle Willis, Associate A.D.

“Kevin is the perfect fit to lead our women’s basketball program,” Willis said. “Kevin was strongly recommended by many in and around college basketball and after his interview, we knew he was the right choice. He has strong ties to Ohio and the Midwest and we are thrilled to welcome Kevin and his family back to Ohio.”


I want to include McGuff’s record, below. Please note that he has been at 20 wins or more for all but his 2nd season, currently a 9-year stretch. This is good news. The Buckeyes are bringing in a young coach (43 years old), successful in major programs, a very good recruiter, and a native Ohioan.

Year School Record Conference Postseason
2002-2003 Xavier 20-10 11-5 NCAA First Round
2003-2004 Xavier 17-13 8-8 WNIT First Round
2004-2005 Xavier 22-10 13-3 WNIT Quarterfinals
2005-2006 Xavier 21-9 11-5 WNIT Second Round
2006-2007 Xavier 26-8 11-3 NCAA First Round
2007-2008 Xavier 24-9 11-3 NCAA First Round
2008-2009 Xavier 25-7 13-1 NCAA First Round
2009-2010 Xavier 30-4 14-0 NCAA Elite Eight
2010-2011 Xavier 29-3 14-0 NCAA Second Round
2011-2012 Washington 20-14 8-10 WNIT Quarterfinals
2012-2013 Washington 21-12 11-5 WNIT Second Round
Overall 255-99 (.720) 125-43 (.744)

Not bad, eh?

We at tBBC would like to welcome the McGuff family to our family.


  1. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 17th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Great hire IMO, liked what he was doing with regards to recruiting while at Xavier and hit some biggies in two years at UW. Has an opportunity to turn things around quickly with current talent and needs to find a couple outlyers that are looking for a home. Next year will be his first class due to timing of hiring


  2. ZNo Gravatar
    April 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    And he can put out forest fires too.


    KenNo Gravatar
    April 17th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    That’s a good trait, no question.


  3. KenNo Gravatar
    April 17th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    My raised-eyebrow on this situation may be akin to the Alford signing @ UCLA. I say that in the regards that McGuff had signed a contract extension at UDub before coming back home.



    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    to me . . , it shows he was waiting on THIS job, obviously didn’t have a clause in his contract, but he dreamt of this day


  4. BobNo Gravatar
    April 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Glad you welcomed him home.


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