NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Allison Guth, who led the Yale women's basketball team to a school-record 19 wins and a WBI Championship last season, has signed a contract extension through the 2023-24 season. Vicky Chun, Yale's Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics, announced the extension today.
"Allison Guth has proven herself to be an excellent coach, recruiter and mentor," said Chun. "Yale women's basketball is in great hands with her leading the way."
Guth is entering her fourth season as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball. Yale has improved its win total in each year of her tenure, progressing from 14 wins in 2015-16 to 15 wins in 2016-17 to 19 wins last season. This past season the team qualified for the Ivy League Tournament for the first time. The Bulldogs' WBI Championship was the first national postseason tournament championship for any Ivy League women's basketball team.
""Having the support of tremendous visionaries like President Salovey and Vicky Chun make my job especially rewarding," said Guth. "I am incredibly grateful for the belief that our leadership at Yale has in our program's growth, knowing that this opportunity exists because of our fantastic staff and players who have worked relentlessly to build a championship culture."
Known as a skilled recruiter, Guth has brought in the top-ranked mid-major class in the PASS rankings this season, and Yale is the only Ivy school with a top 50 player (top 10 in her position) and five-star recruit in ESPN's 2018 class rankings. Guth also has made a point of developing a challenging non-conference schedule to test her team. Last year Yale won at TCU, a team that was ranked as high as No. 24, and played three teams from Power Five conferences. This season, the Bulldogs have been selected to play in the Preseason WNIT for the first time.
Prior to being named Yale's head coach, Guth spent three seasons at Northwestern as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In her final season the Wildcats went 23-9 (12-6 Big Ten) and qualified for an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1997.
Guth also spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale prior to joining the Wildcats. She played collegiately at Illinois, where she helped the Illini reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament after earning a spot as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity