Ice cream and party hats were the order of the day on May 10 for June Daugherty. Not only did her twin children celebrate their second birthday, but she was named the new women's basketball coach at the University of Washington.
Daugherty thus took the helm of one of the nation's premier and high-profile women's college basketball programs after building an impressive record during seven years at Boise State. There, she turned a small program into a winner, with a 123-74 record in seven seasons, guiding the Broncos' to their first NCAA tournament appearance. But she is no stranger to the Pac-10 -- she was an assistant at Stanford from 1985-1989 before getting the Boise State job.
Daugherty, who signed a four-year contract, replaces Chris Gobrecht, who left in April to become the head coach at Florida State. Gobrecht led the Huskies to a 243-89 record and nine NCAA tournament berths in her 11 years. Daugherty's husband, Michael, who was her assistant coach at Boise State, will assist her here.
Fans will notice a change inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion when they watch the Husky women's basketball team take the court. Daugherty brings with her a wide-open offensive style, quite a contrast to the intense, defense-oriented approach Gobrecht used.
"We are going to run and take advantage of the athletes we have here," she says. With a solid nucleus of last year's 16-11 Husky team--led by returning guards Jamie Redd and Laurie Savasta--Daugherty may need to get ready to celebrate next March.--Jon Marmor
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