Allison Guth leaves behind strong legacy of winning, big shoes to fill for Yale women’s basketball

Allison Guth went 99-74 over seven years as Yale’s head coach, leading the Bulldogs to a program-record 19 wins in 2017-18 and 2019-20 and the 2018 WBI championship. (Ivy League Digital Network)

Allison Guth, arguably the most successful women’s basketball coach in the history of Yale’s program, is now the new head coach at Loyola Chicago.

Guth said that her decision to leave Yale was “a personal one,” as most of the Arlington Heights, Ill. native’s family resides in the greater Chicago area. Guth herself is an Illinois native and played college basketball at Illinois.

Previous stops at Loyola Chicago, Missouri, DePaul, Yale and Northwestern preceded her appointment to the head coaching position at Yale in May 2015.

Leaving Yale was “a hard thing to walk away from,” Guth said.

The new Ramblers’ coach said that Loyola Chicago “has changed a lot in the 18 years since I have been there.” The program enters the challenging Atlantic 10 for the 2022-23 season.

Guth’s 2021-22 squad compiled a record of 16-11 overall and 9-5 in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs boasted out-of-conference wins over Providence, Northeastern and NCAA participant Fairfield.

The next Yale women’s basketball head coach will inherit a veteran team.

Yale returns All-Ivy first-team honoree Camilla Emsbo and All-Ivy second-teamer Jenna Clark, creating a strong nucleus that also includes Klara Astrom.

Guth installed a culture of winning at Yale, notching 99 victories and five consecutive winning seasons. Her 2017-18 team won the Women’s Basketball Invitational title, becoming the first Ivy League team to win a national postseason women’s basketball championship.

That was Yale’s 19th win of the season,  a school record the Bulldogs would match two seasons later.

Look for Yale to take a look at current assistant John Miller, Tufts head coach Jill Pace (who took over when Carla Berube left for Princeton) and Ivy, Big Ten and Pac-12 assistant coaches to succeed Guth.

2 thoughts on “Allison Guth leaves behind strong legacy of winning, big shoes to fill for Yale women’s basketball”

  1. League losing two excellent head coaches. Both are classy ladies whose shoes will not be easy to fill. Harvard may very well have done it though. Jill Pace will move to D1 at some point. Certainly won’t take 17 seasons, a la Berube.

  2. Coach Guth is a really good coach and her positive outlook will be missed.

    Perhaps Addie Micir gets a chance at Yale. 2011 Ivy Player of the Year at Princeton. 2013-2018 assistant at Dartmouth, 2018-2019 assistant at Princeton and 2019-present associate head coach at Lehigh.

    If Yale wants a more experienced & successful head coach, they could look to get long-time Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri to make a Fran Dunphy-like move across town

    NEC Regular Season Champs: 2007-08, 2012-13
    NEC Tournament Champs: 2012-13
    MAAC Regular Season Champs: 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
    MAAC Tournament Champs: 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
    NCAA Tournament: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
    NCAA Tournament Second Round: 2017, 2018
    NCAA Tournament Sweet 16: 2017
    WNIT Tournament: 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2022

    Maybe this tweet from earlier this afternoon means Fabbri isn’t going to leave the Bobcats:

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