WSU Hires June Daugherty to Lead Women's Basketball Program

April 20, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - June Daugherty has been named head coach of the Washington State University women's basketball program, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Friday. She will be introduced as WSU's new head coach in a 1:30 p.m. (PDT) press conference.

Daugherty becomes the seventh women's basketball head coach to lead the Cougar program and succeeds Sherri Murrell, who announced her resignation April 5 after five years as head coach.

'We really feel like we've hit a home run with June Daugherty,' said Sterk in a press conference Friday. 'June is a proven winner as a player and a coach. She was a Naismith finalist for national coach of the year in 2003. Her teams competed in postseason play nine out of 11 years at `that other school.' Her student-athletes perform very well academically and they graduate. She's very well-respected by high school coaches, the AAU, and college coaches around the Northwest and across the country.'

Daugherty arrives in Pullman after an 11-year tenure at Washington. During her time with the Huskies, she led the team to nine postseason appearances, including a NCAA Tournament appearance during her first season in 1997. In 2001, she led the team to its first Pacific-10 Conference title since 1990 and guided the Huskies all the way to the NCAA Regional Final. Daugherty was named a finalist for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2003 and, most recently, took Washington to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the team's second consecutive appearance. In her 11 seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Washington, Daugherty compiled a 191-139 (.579) overall record and a 113-85 (.571) mark in Pac-10 play.

Prior to her arrival at Washington, Daugherty coached at Boise State from 1989-96 where she accumulated a 123-74 overall record and a 73-31 record in the Big Sky Conference. Under Daugherty's guidance, the Boise State program reached a number of firsts including its first NCAA Tournament appearance, its first national ranking and its first regular season conference title.Additionally, Daugherty served as an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer at Stanford from 1985-89. She also had a two-year stint on the Kent State staff from 1983-85.

'It is so exciting to join an academic institute with the stature of Washington State University,' said Daugherty. 'I just want to say to everyone in this room and all the media that's listening - welcome to the new championship era in Washington State women's basketball. To the current players, I am committed 100 percent to you. I will dedicate myself to making sure that you have an absolutely great career here as a student-athlete.'

A 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University, Daugherty played for the Buckeyes from 1974-78 and helped lead the team to consecutive Big Ten championships in 1977 and 1978. At the conclusion of her senior season, she earned first team All-America honors and was a Wade Trophy finalist in 1978, the first year the award was presented. In 2001, Daugherty was honored for her contributions to the Buckeyes' program when she was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, Daugherty played on and coached several international teams, including the Union Sportive Vierzon Club in France where she was a player-coach.

Daugherty is currently a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and once served on its board of directors. She has also been active in USA Basketball and was an assistant coach for the West Team at the 1995 Olympic Sports Festival.

'I see this as an opportunity to go in and take whatever you inherit and work as hard as you can to make it great,' Daugherty continued. 'The way to make it great is to ensure that you hire a great staff that is going to work with you every day to truly make this an unbelievable experience for these young ladies on and off the court. I want to be their family away from home. I want to make sure we're there for them for more than just basketball. Then you have to go to work. The challenge is identifying your strengths and identifying your weaknesses and just getting out and getting after that and we've never been afraid of hard work.'

Daugherty is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She and husband Mike, a former associate head coach at Washington, are the parents of 12-year-old twins Doc and Breanne.

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