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Washington introduced Mike Neighbors today as the school’s 20th women’s basketball head coach.
He replaced Kevin McGuff, who left last week for Ohio State.
The Huskies promoted Neighbors, who had been a UW assistant the past two seasons, in a move that’s somewhat risky considering he’s never been a head coach. The decision to promote Neighbors had as much to do with his maintaining the status quo than anything else.
Neighbors every non-senior on the roster will return to UW next season, including leading scorer Jazmine Davis, a two-time all-Pac-12 point guard, forward Talia Walton, who made the all-conference freshman team and Katie Collier, a McDonald’s All-American post player who redshirted last season due to a knee injury.
Neighbors retained a recruiting class ranked 11th nationally by ESPN that includes four-star prospects Kelsey Plum, a McDonald’s All-American point guard, guard Briana Ruiz and forward Chantel Osahor.
Neighbors also kept the previous coaching staff intact. Kevin Morrison and Adia Barnes will return as assistants and the Huskies hired Fred Castro from Tulsa.
“The fact that we were able to keep the band together … that is a huge momentum keeper,” Neighbors said.