Mike Daugherty To Handle Player Development

May 19, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Mike Daugherty first got involved in basketball player development when his wife June was a member of the Stanford women's basketball staff in the mid-1980's. At the time his wife was an assistant to Tara VanDerveer.

For the past 18 years player development has been his passion, first at Boise State, then Washington and now with the Washington State Cougars.

His role at WSU, where his wife was named head coach in late April, will be similar to his duties at both BSU and Washington. He will have duties on either offense or defense once the staff is put together, but he sees his role as director for player development the key.

'Player development is where I got started in the game,' offers Mike. 'The first thing I did wasn't working with a team, it was working with individual players in the off season at Stanford. That was my introduction and what got me interested. I get great pleasure of that aspect of being a coach, the teaching aspect.'

His wife couldn't agree more. 'His reputation as the 'shot doc' is well deserved,' she comments. 'He is a passionate, experienced teacher who shares his teachings in a positive and informed manner.'

'He is a proven teacher who develops players to become as complete competitors as possible,' adds June. 'His track record of numerous players going to play for the WNBA, Olympics and National teams after his collegiate tutoring is impressive.'

'Fundamentals, shooting fundamentals, foot work fundamentals, the fundamental aspects of the game,' are what Mike describes as the key ingredients of player development.

The Ohio native started his college career at Georgia Tech in 1972 after graduating from Bedford (Ohio) High the previous spring. He spent two seasons with the Yellow Jackets after joining the program as a scholarshiped quarterback.

He played one football season at GT, then switched to basketball his second year at the Atlanta campus. A year later he was on his way to Ohio State, where he graduated in 1977 with a degree in marketing.

While a Buckeye, Daugherty started three years for OSU and in 1986 was the team's most valuable defensive player. It was at Ohio State that the Daugherty's met. June was also a basketball players for the Buckeyes, earning All-America honors as a senior in 1978.

For three years Mike played basketball in the South American Professional League. In 1979 he was a member of the Sirio, Brazil, team that won the World Championship, capturing the Jones Cup title. He also played for Argentina's Hindu Club while in the SAPL.

When June joined the Stanford staff in 1986 for a four-year run with the Cardinal, Mike was introducing himself to player development. In 1989 the two took over the Boise State program and built them into a Big Sky conference power that earned its first NCAA Championship appearance in 1994.

During their seven year stay, the Broncos were 123-74 overall, 73-31 in league play, and won or shared in two Big Sky titles. Then in 1996 the Washington Huskies came calling. June took over the UW program and Mike, continued his role as assistant coach. And among his duties, naturally, was player development. For his last three years, he took on the role of associate head coach.

Included in his responsibilities were coordinating the offense, perimeter player development and scheduling. In 2003 the Washington offense led all Pac-10 teams, averaging 75.6 points per game, and ranked third nationally averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game. Against St. Bonaventure that season the Huskies hit 16 treys, equaling their Pac-10 single game record. During a two-year run, 2003 and 2004, UW was first or second in the conference in three point percentage and total three point field goals. Among his protégés were Giuliana Mendiola, Loree Payne and Megan Franza, three of the most prolific outside shoots in Husky history.

While the challenges at WSU are many, Mike has seen them before.

'We've rebuilt programs before' he says. 'We rebuilt the Boise State program. June was in at the start at Stanford. They were last in the Pac-10 when she went there with Tara. At Washington it was a partial rebuilding job. That's just normal when you go to a new place and it doesn't bother us at all.'

Mike chuckled when asked how long it took him to say yes to June's offer of heading across the state to the Cougars. 'It was touch and go there for awhile,' he joked. 'I'm a Cougar now and that is my only thought. It isn't going to be hard at all.'

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