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Former Notre Dame standout Megan Duffy was named associate head coach at George Washington in April 2012, after she spent the previous three seasons on the sidelines at St. John's University.
"Megan is one of the brightest stars in the coaching world," head coach Jonathan Tsipis said. "Her insight as a player both at the collegiate and professional level will be beneficial for the total experience of our student-athletes. Her time at St. John's and now here at GW has shown what a great communicator and role model she can be for our student-athletes. Megan understands the tradition of high-quality basketball at prestigious academic institutions. Her track record as a player and coach in seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments sets the bar high and matches what we want to accomplish here at GW."
Coach Duffy's primary responsibilities with the Colonials include recruiting, on-floor coaching, player development, scouting and monitoring student-athletes' academic performance.
"I'm thrilled about the opportunity to join Coach Tsipis' staff and be a part of such a prestigious university as George Washington," Coach Duffy said at the time of her hiring. "The tradition both academically and athletically was what attracted me to this opportunity, and I look forward to helping Coach Tsipis bring GW women's basketball back to the national scene. I'm so impressed with his vision and dedication, and his relentless work ethic and teaching ability will immediately impact our student-athletes in a positive way. I look forward to starting this journey with Coach Tsipis and the rest of the George Washington community."
GW improved its win total in each of her first two seasons at GW. After helping the Colonials to its first A-10 Championship victory since 2008 in her first season in Foggy Bottom, the squad went one step farther in her second year, posting its most wins (23) since 2008, tying for second in the Atlantic 10 standings and advancing to the A-10 semifinals and the third round of the WNIT, also earning its first postseason victories since 2008.
In addition, a pair of Coach Duffy's charges - guards Danni Jackson and Chakecia Miller - earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors in 2013-14, as Jackson was named to the All-Conference Third Team and Miller was tabbed to the All-Defensive Team.
At St. John's, Coach Duffy helped guide the Red Storm to a 71-28 record, three straight NCAA Tournament appearances - including the 2012 Sweet 16 - and three straight 20-plus win seasons in her three years on the bench. She made an immediate impact in her first year on the sidelines, as St. John's not only earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 but also had the most wins (25) in 27 years, including a victory over Duffy's alma mater, Notre Dame, which was ranked fourth in the country at the time.
In her final season in Queens, the Red Storm advanced to its first-ever Sweet 16 as a No. 3 seed, the highest in program history, and finished the season ranked in the top 15 in both major polls.
Coach Duffy was named recruiting coordinator at St. John's in 2011. Her other responsibilities included working with the guards, game planning, scouting and scheduling.
Coach Duffy has been recognized nationally as an up-and-coming coach, as she has been invited to attend Nike's Villa 7 Consortium in each of the last three summers. The prestigious conference brings together university athletics directors and the country's elite assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.
Coach Duffy's extensive knowledge of the game of basketball is derived from her highly decorated collegiate playing career at Notre Dame, her time with USA Basketball and her successful professional career.
A four-year letterwinner for the Fighting Irish from 2002-06, while Tsipis was an assistant coach in South Bend, Duffy helped led Notre Dame to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 berths. A southpaw point guard, Duffy finished her career as the third player in Notre Dame history to amass 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals, and her career scoring total of 1,290 points ranks 17th in school history.
Duffy was honored as an Associated Press and Kodak All-American honorable mention in 2005 and 2006 and was both a John Wooden Award finalist and a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist in her final season with the Irish. In addition, that year she won the prestigious Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is given annually to the nation's top women's point guard under 5-foot-8. Duffy was also a two-time All-BIG EAST first team selection (2005-06), the 2006 BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine first team Academic All-American.
Duffy was first introduced to international basketball when she co-captained the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2005 World University Games. Following her collegiate career, she was the 31st pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft and spent three seasons with the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty. Duffy also played overseas with teams in Romania, Slovakia, Italy and Wales.
"Megan's passion and drive for excellence in everything that she does has made her the person that she is today," said former St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico. "She's a former All-American and one of the greatest players to play the point guard position because of her determination and her work ethic. She brought the same values to St. Johns with a smile every day."
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Duffy graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a double degree in psychology and computer applications.
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