Guth spent seven years as the Bulldogs’ head coach, setting the record for most wins in a single season. She will now take over the Ramblers program, where she began her career as an assistant coach.
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After seven years as Yale women’s basketball manager, Allison Guth is taking on a new role at the helm of the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers’ program. Loyola Chicago, who divorced her former coach Kate Achter in late March, announced the appointment Friday afternoon.
Guth, who became Yale’s head coach in May 2015, won 99 matches during his tenure as the 10th leader of the program. She piloted Elis to a school record of 19 wins in the 2017-18 season, which included a match in the Ivy League’s post-season basketball tournament and a championship through the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). The team hit 19 wins again in the 2019-20 season despite a canceled off-season due to COVID-19. Guth, who lives in Arlington Heights, Ill., Began her coaching career as an assistant at Loyola Chicago from 2005 to 2007. Aside from one season she spent coaching in Missouri, Guth has split her career between New Haven and Chicago. Now she, her wife Jess and their two sons are returning to the windy city.
“Yale has been my dream, and it’s my heart and my soul, so this was a very, very challenging decision,” Guth told News in a telephone interview Sunday. “We’re feeling all those feelings right now, but it’s an incredible opportunity for us to go home and for Jess and I to raise our boys where they get to know their grandparents and they want to be around their aunts. And uncles. and cousins.Sometimes [with] Such life decisions, opportunities do not come often. ”
The hiring process went quickly. Guth said she first got a call from Loyola about a week before her appointment was publicly announced last Friday. The process began with a conversation with Loyola Chicago’s deputy athletic director and continued with another phone call with Rambler’s director of athletics, Steve Watson. Loyola flew her to Chicago for a day and a half last week to see campus. Guth then returned to New Haven, where her team was in the middle of holding training at the end of the season, and found out she got the offer on Wednesday. She said her family asked for the decision and complimented the Yale administration for being supportive.
Thursday night, Guth decided to take the opportunity, and she met with her Yale team to inform them Friday morning.
“It definitely came as a shock just because she’s such a fundamental part of all our lives, but we all see and understand that this was the right move for her,” said striker Grace Thybulle ’25. “We could all feel and see how difficult this decision was for her because she really is an amazing person who cares a lot about us and the family that is [Yale women’s basketball], which is so much bigger than basketball. She has built something amazing here and I think we are all focused on continuing this legacy, as well as excited about the new opportunities that will present themselves in the near future. “
Guth’s reunion with the Ramblers is coming while the school, which is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, is preparing to start competing in the Atlantic 10 next year. Guth said the move to the A10 is an exciting professional challenge. A10 basketball for women is, on average, a little more competitive than Ivy League hangers; according to conference rankings based on the NCAA’s NET rankings compiled by university rating site WarrenNolan.com, A10 was the ninth best league of the past season. MVC, which Loyola Chicago leaves, was number 10, while the Ivy League was number 15 of 32 Division I conferences.
When Guth took over Yale in 2015, her move to Connecticut also represented a return. She served as Yale assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010 to 2012 under former coach Chris Gobrecht. Guth told News that Yale became her dream job after working on the program as an assistant.
“I think very few places can woo me away from what we’ve built on Yale and what I believe in right down to the core,” Guth said. “I think Loyola is one of those places that is consistent with the academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive expertise values that I value. It’s the place I fell in love with coaching.”
Between her first job at Ramblers and her seven-year run at Yale, Guth’s coaching career has included assistant coaching appearances in Missouri, DePaul and Northwestern, where she worked from 2012 to 2015.
The Bulldogs got three spots for Ivy Madness, the Ivy League’s conference basketball tournament, during Guth’s tenure, though the 2020 portion of the tournament was canceled and never played due to the onset of the pandemic. Yale did not advance to the NCAA Tournament – the Bulldogs’ last and only Ancient Eight women’s basketball title came in 1979 – but has crept up to the Ivy League standings in recent years. After finishing sixth in Guth’s first two seasons, Yale finished his two most recent campaigns – 2019-20 and last winter – in third place. Last month, Elis traveled to Boston for Ivy Madness, but fell to Columbia in the semifinals.
Yale signed Guth to a contract extension through 2023-24 following the team’s 2018 run to 19 wins and the WBI postseason championship.
“I think we win in life with people, and in our profession we are in a way judged on victories and losses,” Guth said. “I think the success I feel we’ve had at Yale is really best portrayed if you take the time to sit down with one of our players, any of our staff. , and you get to know them as a human being and how they approach life, how they are committed to their community, how they are committed to being servant leaders. “
Guth, who received a master’s degree in educational management from DePaul in 2010, was also known for auditing courses at Yale. When Silliman Head of College Laurie Santos’ lecture “Psychology and the Good Life” became the most popular course in Yales history in the spring of 2018, Guth was among the approximately 1,200 students who attended Tuesday and Thursday. She was motivated to audit the class by a player who thought she would enjoy the content, Guth told News at the time. She also revised Marc Brackett’s “Theory and Practice of Emotional Intelligence” during the 2016-17 school year.
The search for Guth’s successor is underway, according to Associate Athletic Director of Strategic Communications Mike Gambardella. Athletics Director Vicky Chun and Deputy Athletics Director Ann-Marie Guglieri oversee the search.
Guard Christen McCann ’25, who started 24 games last season as a rookie, called Guth’s care and passion “unmatched” and said she feels the team can only express gratitude to Guth’s management and continue to wish her luck and happiness. McCann added that the best way the program can approach offseason is with optimism.
“We are aware that the hiring process is not automatic, but recognize that the athletic department is actively seeking a coach with our best interests in mind,” McCann said. “I have faith that our next head coach will meet these requirements and I look forward to the growth we will experience as a team over the next year.”
Yale and its main rival are both entering next season with new leaders. Following the retirement of 40-year-old coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard last week formally introduced Carrie Moore – a former assistant at Princeton, Creighton University, University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan – as Crimson’s next head coach with a ceremony at the floor of Lavietes Pavilion.
Guth, who graduated in Illinois in 2004, initially went on to the women’s basketball team before earning a scholarship. She also played a year of collegiate golf.