The George Washington University: Women's Basketball

Jonathan Tsipis
Jonathan Tsipis

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
2nd year at GW

Alma Mater:
North Carolina '96



04/17/2014

GW Women's Hoops Announces 2014 Team Award Winners

Danni Jackson Named MVP for Second Time

03/17/2014

GW Women's Hoops to Host East Carolina in WNIT First Round on Wednesday

Colonials to Make First Postseason Appearance Since 2009

03/13/2014

Jonathan Tsipis Named Finalist for Region I Coach of the Year

Head Coach Guided Colonials to Tie for Second Place in A-10

11/14/2013

GW Women's Basketball Inks Four to National Letters of Intent

Cummings, Farmer, Matthews, Prange Comprise Top Recruiting Class in A-10

11/08/2013

GW Women's Hoops Tips Off 2013-14 Campaign on Saturday Against Jackson State

Colonials Host Tigers in First-Ever Meeting

03/24/2014

Coach Tsipis on NewsChannel 8's SportsTalk (3/24/14)

Coach Tsipis on NewsChannel 8's SportsTalk (3/24/14)

09/18/2012

Coach Tsipis Chats About the 2012-13 Schedule

The George Washington women's basketball team unveiled its complete 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, highlighted by 13 games against teams which advanced to postseason play a year ago.

04/19/2012

WBB Coach Tsipis Video Chat

WBB Coach Tsipis Live Video Chat Archive

04/10/2012

Tsipis Mention on ESPN's National Championship Broadcast

Tsipis Mention on ESPN's National Championship Broadcast

04/06/2012

New WBB Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis Introduction

George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero announced today that Jonathan Tsipis has been hired as GW's next head women's basketball coach.

01/25/2014

WBB vs. La Salle

Women's Basketball vs. La Salle 1/25/13

01/08/2014

GWWBB vs. Saint Louis

GW Women's Basketball vs. Saint Louis 1/8/14

12/04/2013

WBB vs. Georgetown

GW WBB vs. Georgetown (12/3/13)

11/19/2013

WBB at Maryland

George Washington v Maryland

11/17/2013

WBB vs. Cal

George Washington v Cal

Follow Coach Tsipis on Twitter! - @GWCoachTsip
What They're saying About Jonathan Tsipis: Fans and Media | Coaches


When Jonathan Tsipis was named head coach of the George Wshington women's basketball team in April 2012, he was tasked with re-establishing the Colonials as a national power and the most dominant team in the Atlantic 10 Conference. In his first season at the helm, the former Notre Dame top assistant - who is no stranger to winning after reaching back-to-back national championship games with the Fighting Irish in 2011 and 2012 - took the first step toward reaching that goal, guiding GW to its first A-10 Championship win since 2008 and its most overall (14) and conference victories (7) since 2009. Now in his second year, Coach Tsipis has his sights set even higher as he strives to return the program to its glory of years past.

Coach Tsipis [SIP-iss] came to GW just three days after sitting on the sidelines in Denver as Notre Dame took on Baylor in its second straight NCAA title game. Tsipis spent nine seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame, including his last four years as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. In all, the Fighting Irish enjoyed a 228-77 (.748) mark with Coach Tsipis on the sidelines.

In his nine seasons at Notre Dame, Coach Tsipis helped Hall of Fame Coach Muffet McGraw reach the NCAA Tournament each season, including five Sweet Sixteen appearances, four of which came in his last five years in South Bend. As the coordinator of Notre Dame's nationally ranked recruiting efforts, his work landed the Fighting Irish one of the nation's top-20 recruiting classes in each of his nine years and a top-10 class three of his last four seasons. Additionally, his expertise was relied on to coordinate Notre Dame's game plans, player development, scheduling and practice planning.

"Jonathan is extremely well-respected in women's basketball circles, and his reputation of being a man of integrity, with a history of winning and a strong track record of academic success among the student-athletes that he has worked with makes George Washington incredibly fortunate to employ his services," said George Washington Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "We wanted to hire someone who has been at another top school with high academic standards for student-athletes, but who also knows how to win. Jonathan's basketball acumen, recruiting ability, attention to detail and work ethic made him one of the most highly sought-after coaches in the country, and the opportunity is there for our student-athletes to achieve the lofty goals and high standards of our women's basketball program under his mentorship and tutelage."

One of CollegeInsider.com's Top 10 assistant coaches in the nation, and a former recipient of BasketballScoop.com's Assistant Coach of the Year Award (five recipients each season), Tsipis has mentored four All-Americans, two WNBA Draft picks, a BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, three players who earned invitations to the USA Basketball National Team trials and a First Team Academic All-American. Coach Tsipis' student-athletes have excelled academically as well, as 100 percent of his players at Notre Dame who used their four years of eligibility graduated, ranking the Irish tops in the country in Graduation Success Rate.


"Jonathan is an exceptionally hard-working and dedicated coach who brought a great deal of positive energy during his nine seasons at Notre Dame," said Coach McGraw. "He is a very strong X's-and-O's coach and someone who has built a great network of contacts throughout the college basketball world. I'm grateful for all he has done for our program and will be eagerly following his teams at George Washington, where I expect he will have great success."

Coach Tsipis was responsible for building the game plan in close to three dozen Notre Dame wins over nationally ranked opponents (six versus UConn), including the Irish's win against Connecticut in 2005 that snapped the Huskies' 112-game home win streak in regular-season league games. He also designed the game plan in Notre Dame's 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four victory when the Fighting Irish became the first UConn opponent in more than seven years to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.

"I am thrilled that Jonathan Tsipis will be heading to Foggy Bottom," said Notre Dame men's basketball head coach and GW alumnus Mike Brey. "I have watched him coach and teach up close for nine years and I am thoroughly impressed. Who wouldn't want their daughter to play for Jonathan? He has a fabulous feel for the game and is a great communicator. I am thrilled my alma mater has chosen him."

Tsipis went to Notre Dame following one season as the director of men's basketball operations at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he worked under Fran McCaffery, who now is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Iowa. Prior to arriving at UNC Greensboro, Coach Tsipis spent two seasons as an assistant men's coach at Elon (N.C.) University after one year as the top men's assistant coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He also spent three seasons on the men's basketball staff at Cornell University and one year on the men's basketball staff at Duke, where he served as an undergraduate assistant under legendary Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

All told, Tsipis has worked under three national championship coaches - Notre Dame's McGraw, Duke's Krzyzewski and Le Moyne's Dave Paulsen, who is now the head coach at Bucknell University.

Shortly after coming to GW, Tsipis was invited to attend the WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence, an elite leadership program dedicated to providing coaches with the professional skills and personal ethics training necessary to be exceptional leaders in the sport.

The North Carolina graduate hails from a family with strong roots in basketball, as his father, Lou, played for the Greek National Team and had a standout career at Baldwin-Wallace College before playing professionally in Greece. A member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Hellenic Sports Hall of Fame, Tsipis' father also coached at the high school and collegiate levels for more than 20 years. Tsipis' brother, Dean, played basketball at Case Western Reserve University, while his sister, LuAnn Damiris, was a three-sport letterwinner at Baldwin-Wallace, and his niece, Amanda Tsipis, played basketball at Notre Dame while her uncle was on the sidelines.

Born on Nov. 7, 1972, in Cleveland, Ohio, Tsipis and his wife, Leigh, are the proud parents of two children, Emily (8) and Joshua (6).


THE TSIPIS FILE

PERSONAL
Jonathan Tsipis
Born: Nov. 7, 1972, in Cleveland, OH
Age: 40
Hometown: Durham, NC
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina (1996), B.S. Pharmacy
High School: Durham Academy
Wife: Leigh
Children: Emily, Joshua

COACHING CAREER
1995-96: Undergraduate Assistant, Duke University (men's basketball)
NCAA Tournament First Round

1996-99: Cornell University (men's basketball)

1999-2000: Assistant Coach, Le Moyne College (men's basketball)

2000-02: Assistant Coach, Elon University (men's basketball)

2003-08: Assistant Coach, University of Notre Dame
2004 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2005 NCAA Tournament Second Round
2006 NCAA Tournament First Round
2007 NCAA Tournament Second Round
2008 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

2008-12: Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Notre Dame
2008-09 Assistant Coach of the Year
2009 NCAA Tournament First Round
2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2011 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game
2012 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game

2012-Present: Head Coach, George Washington University

BASKETBALL ROOTS
Father: Lou Tsipis
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Hellenic Sports Hall of Fame
Greek National Team
Baldwin-Wallace College

Brother: Dean Tsipis
Case Western Reserve University

Sister: LuAnn Damiris
Baldwin-Wallace College

Niece: Amanda Tsipis
University of Notre Dame


Tsipis' Year-By-Year Record
Year	           Overall   Pct.   A-10   Pct.   Postseason
2012-13            14-16     .467   7-7    .500   A-10 Quarterfinals
TOTAL (1 Season)   14-16     .467   7-7    .500
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