|Title:||Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach|
|Previous College:||Illinois '04 (B.S.), DePaul '10 (M.Ed.)|
|Years at Yale:||2019-20 is 5th Year at Yale|
In four seasons as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, Alison Guth has led the Bulldogs to some unprecedented achievements. Yale capped the 2017-18 season by becoming the first Ivy League women's basketball team to win a postseason tournament, claiming the Women's Basketball Invitational with a 54-50 win at Central Arkansas on Mar. 29, 2018. That was Yale's 19th win of the season, establishing a school record.
Known as a skilled recruiter over her 10-plus years of coaching experience, Guth was named head coach in May of 2015, returning to the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant coach and reruiting coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Guth is the 10th head coach in the 43-year history of the women’s basketball program.
"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about my opportunity to lead Yale women's basketball. Yale is an incredibly special institution in that it provides a world class experience academically, athletically, and socially,” said Guth. “I am proud to represent a University that stands for everything that is good and right in college athletics."
In 2016-17, Guth's second season as head coach, Guth led the Bulldogs to the team's best win total (15) since 2011-12. That included a convincing 61-48 win vs. Penn -- the Quakers' only league loss -- and a thrilling 57-52 win vs. archrival Harvard. The Bulldogs played a challenging schedule, facing five teams that made the NCAA Tournament the previous season -- including Stanford, ranked No. 13.
In her first season as head coach, Guth led Yale to a 14-17 record (5-9 Ivy). The Bulldogs finished the season on a three-game winning streak.
Multiple Bulldogs have earned individual accolades during Guth's tenure, including back-to-back Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year awards for Tamara Simpson '18 in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Additionally, Jen Berkowitz '18 earned first team All-Ivy League honors in 2017-18, the first Bulldog on the first team since Sarah Halejian '15 in 2014. Berkowitz went on to win the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious award bestowed to a female athlete in the Yale senior class. Berkowitz was an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick in 2016-17. Nyasha Sarju '16 was a second team All-Ivy League pick in 2015-16 and Roxy Barahman '19 was a first-team selection in 2018-19.
Guth develops leaders around her, as evidenced by the selection of then-assistant coach Melissa D'Amico for the WBCA's "Thirty Under 30" list of up-and-coming coaches in 2015-16. Additionally, Whitney Wyckoff '16 was selected for the WBCA's "So You Want to be a Coach" program.
Recruiting has remained a strong suit for the Bulldogs with Guth as head coach. They have signed several noteworthy players such as five-star ESPN recruit Camilla Emsbo '22, three-star ESPN recruit Megan Gorman '20, three-star Prospect Nation recruit Tori Andrew '21 and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Large Private Player of the Year Ellen Margaret Andrews '21.
Yale's players have also thrived academically under Guth's leadership, with three Academic All-Ivy honorees (Wyckoff in 2016, Lena Munzer '17 in 2017, Berkowitz in 2018 and Gorman in 2019). The team as a whole received the NCAA's Public Recognition Award in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 for posting an Academic Progress Rate score in top 10 percent of the sport.
Prior to being named Yale’s head coach, Guth spent three seasons at Northwestern as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping turn the women’s basketball team into a national power under head coach Joe McKeown. The Wildcats went 23-9 (12-6 Big Ten) and qualified for an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1997.
In her short time as a recruiting coordinator in Evanston, Guth contributed to an already top recruiting class in the country during the 2012-13 season. When that highly-ranked recruiting class arrived in Evanston, Guth helped develop Nia Coffey into a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Christen Inman into one of the team's leading scorers and point guard Ashley Deary into an All-Big Ten honoree and 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award finalist. She also helped guide a young Wildcats squad that started three true freshmen, a sophomore and a junior to three wins over top 25 opponents along with a run in the 2014 WNIT where the Wildcats reached the third round and accumulated 17 wins along the way.
As an assistant coach at Yale, Guth was in charge of coordinating all recruiting efforts for the women's basketball program as well as all game preparations and player development. She also served as a Resident Fellow for Yale's new residence hall (Swing Space), where she was charged with being a mentor to the students who lived there.
During her first stint in New Haven, Guth was instrumental in Yale's resurgence as a contender for the Ivy League championship. She helped guide the Bulldogs to their best two-year record in 18 years and the most Ivy League wins in a two-year span in the program's history (18; 10-4 in 2010-11, 8-6 in 2011-12).
Guth coached two All-Ivy League First Team honorees (Megan Vasquez '13 in 2010-11 and 2011-12), an All-Ivy Rookie of the Year (Halejian, 2011-12), an All-Ivy Second Team honoree (Mady Gobrecht '11, 2010-11), two All-Ivy Honorable Mention players (Michelle Cashen '12 in 2010-11 and 2011-12) and an All-Ivy Rookie Team honoree (Janna Graf '14, 2010-11). She recruited Halejian, who finished her Yale career as the 10th leading scorer in program history.
Guth was also a key factor in Yale's 16-12 finish in 2011-12, which was the most wins in the program's history since 1993-94 and just the third time the program had completed a season with 16 or more victories. Yale finished the season with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League play and went into the final game of the season with a chance to lock up second place in the Ivy League standings for a return to the WNIT.
During her two seasons at DePaul as an assistant coach, Guth handled the Doug Bruno Basketball summer camps, video exchange, scouting and was involved in all on-campus recruiting. She helped DePaul reach the Big East and NCAA tournaments both seasons in Chicago (2008-09, 2009-10).
Guth was a Missouri assistant coach and helped with recruiting for the 2007-08 season. The Tigers pulled off one of the nation's biggest victories with a win over Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the first time in Big 12 history that a No. 12 seed defeated a No. 5 seed. She started her coaching career as an assistant at Loyola-Chicago from 2005-07. She also served as recruiting coordinator with the Ramblers and worked with backcourt players.
Guth and her Buffalo Grove (Illinois) High School teammates were inducted into the Illinois Coaches Basketball Association Hall of Fame in April of 2013 for their Class AA state girls basketball championship in 2000.
A three-time letterwinner at Illinois, Guth helped the Illini reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament after earning a spot as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, Guth also played a season with the Illinois women's golf team before graduating in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business before getting her Master's degree in educational leadership from DePaul in 2010.
Allison is married to Jessie Guth and they reside in Branford, Conn.
|Yale's All-Ivy League Selections and Award Winners Under Allison Guth|
|2018-19||G Roxy Barahman||First Team All-Ivy League|
|2017-18||G Tamara Simpson||Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-Ivy League|
|F Jen Berkowitz||First Team All-Ivy League|
|G Roxy Barahman||Honorable Mention All-Ivy League|
|2016-17||G Tamara Simpson||Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year|
|F Jen Berkowitz||Honorable Mention All-Ivy League|
|2015-16||F Nyasha Sarju||Second Team All-Ivy League|