Amy Waugh Returns to Xavier as an Assistant Coach
May 29, 2009
Amy Waugh, a former All-American and Atlantic 10 Conference First Team performer at Xavier, has been named as an assistant women’s basketball coach at XU as announced by head coach Kevin McGuff on Friday, May 29. Waugh comes to Xavier after spending the last five years as an assistant coach at Wake Forest.
“I’m incredibly excited to have Amy join our basketball family, said McGuff. “Her talent, energy and passion for Xavier basketball will help her make an immediate impact on our program.”
While at Wake Forest, Waugh worked primarily with the Demon Deacon guards, including All-ACC players Coteila Bond-Young, Liz Strunk and Deirdre Naughton. Waugh also handled duties with recruiting, scouting opponents, community involvement and the Deacon Club. During her five years at Wake, Waugh helped the Demon Deacons put together a 72-78 overall record, which included two appearances in the WNIT.
Prior to Wake Forest, Waugh served as an assistant coach for the Youngstown State women's basketball program for one season. Her coaching responsibilities included working with the Penguin perimeter players but she also coordinated film exchange, camps, travel and monitored student-athletes' academic progress.
"It's truly a thrill and an honor to return to Xavier” said Waugh. “It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since I arrived as a freshman, but I think I'm as excited today as I was then. I was lucky enough to be part of some very special teams as a player at Xavier, and I look forward to working with Coach McGuff and these players to write some new chapters in the history of this great program.
“I'm very proud of my roots as a player at Xavier. I always thought it would be great to return as a coach some day, and I'm grateful to Coach McGuff for giving me this opportunity. Xavier is a fantastic academic institution with a great basketball tradition and boasts a tremendous facility and beautifully evolving campus. I'm so excited to be going home to Xavier."
Waugh enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career with the Musketeers. As a senior in 2002-03, she knocked down a school-record 107 three-pointers as the Musketeers finished 20-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round. Waugh led Xavier and the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 19 points per game. She was named All-Atlantic 10 first team and honorable-mention All-American by womenscollegehoops.com and Basketball Times. She was a finalist for the Detroit Rotary Club Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation's best point guard. Waugh also led the nation with 3.6 three-pointers per game.
She garnered national attention when she was crowned the three-point shooting champion at the 15th annual ESPN College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shooting Championship at the 2003 NCAA Men's Final Four. Waugh defeated a field of seven other women to be the female champion, then defeated men's champion Darnell Archey of Butler to be crowned overall champion.
A Fort Wayne, Ind., native, Waugh earned a bachelor's degree in education from Xavier in 2003.