Following the departure of head coach Chris Gobrecht in April, the Yale women’s basketball team announced on May 21 that former assistant coach Allison Guth will be the 10th coach in school history.
Guth, who spent two seasons in New Haven as an assistant from 2010 to 2012, coached five different All-Ivy players during her time at Yale. In 2011–12, she helped guide the Bulldogs to a 16–12 record, including an 8–6 mark in Ivy League play, en route to second place in the Ancient Eight — the Elis’ best standing since the 1988–89 season.
“I believe that Yale is a representation of everything that is good and right in college athletics,” Guth said earlier this summer. “I’m most excited about … getting a chance to work with these amazing young women and student-athletes.”
After leaving Yale in 2012, Guth served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference. The first class that Guth put together for the Wildcats was highly regarded by recruiting services, with ESPN ranking it the No. 2 class in the conference and the No. 17 group in the nation.
Northwestern also found success on the court with Guth on its staff. The Wildcats finished 23–9, with a 12–6 record in the Big Ten, and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. One of Guth’s first recruits, forward Nia Coffey, served as Northwestern’s leading scorer and rebounder in each of her first two years on campus, and she was also named to the First Team All-Big Ten in each campaign.
“I am excited about having coach Guth as our new head coach because she knows Yale really well and is familiar with the way we have played under Coach Gobrecht, but also brings her own flavor of basketball philosophy to the table,” guard Nyasha Sarju ’16 said. “I think her experience at Yale and her knowledge of the Ivy League, combined with her other coaching experiences, her reputation for integrity and her [ability] to connect with players, will be a great win for the Yale program.”
Captain Whitney Wyckoff ’16 agreed, saying that she has confidence in Guth’s basketball knowledge as well as her ability to take the team to the next level.
During her time at Yale, Guth recruited and coached former captain and all-Ivy guard Sarah Halejian ’15, who finished her Yale career ranked 10th in scoring in program history.
Both Sarju and center Emmy Allen ’16 cited Guth as a vital factor in their decisions to come to Yale.
“Coach Guth was the main coach who recruited me while I was in high school, and she is the reason that I am at Yale today,” Allen said. “I am so grateful and happy that I have the opportunity to play for her and our awesome new coaching staff my last year at Yale.”
Three assistant coaches — Melissa D’Amico, Jacinda Dunbar and Roman Owen — round out Guth’s staff at Yale. Both D’Amico and Dunbar have served as assistant coaches in the past, with D’Amico spending two years at Colgate and Dunbar acting as an assistant at Wesleyan for two years as well.
Owen, meanwhile, comes to New Haven from a position with the University of Oklahoma as the women’s basketball team video coordinator. He played for four years at Southwestern Christian University, leaving the program as its all-time leading scorer.
“Coach Guth and her staff are a perfect fit for our team and playing style,” forward Katie Werner ’17 said. “Her high energy and dedication to the game will help us reach the next level and hopefully our goal of winning the Ivy League.”
The Elis went 13–15 last season and tied for third place in the Ivy League with a 7–7 conference mark.