George Washington Extends Contract of Head Women's Basketball Coach Jonathan Tsipis Through 2020-21
Second-Year Head Coach Led Colonials to First Postseason Wins Since 2008 in 2013-14
May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero announced today that women's basketball Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis has been given a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
"We brought Jonathan here to restore the tradition of excellence of GW women's basketball, and in just two seasons at the helm of our program he has done exactly that," said Nero. "Jonathan has brought outstanding student-athletes to George Washington who are like-minded in their approach to academics, athletics and representing the community. We're excited to continue on that path under his leadership in our women's basketball program."
"I want to thank Patrick Nero and President Knapp for bringing me to Washington and for their support and belief in me, my team and my family," said Tsipis. "George Washington has become a home for us and I'm honored to be the head coach of this proud program."
In 2013-14, Coach Tsipis guided the Colonials to 23 wins and a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with an 11-5 league record. GW defeated two ranked teams on the season in No. 10/11 California (Nov. 15) and No. 21 Dayton (March 1), and concluded its season in the third round of the WNIT with a nine-win improvement from its 2012-13 mark and two postseason victories to its credit - the program's first postseason wins since 2008.
GW collected six A-10 postseason honors among four players last season, headlined by a pair of Tsipis' recruits in Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Third Team selection Caira Washington and sophomore Jonquel Jones, who led the Colonials in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.2 rpg) and was named to the All-Conference Second Team. In 2014-15, Tsipis will welcome the top-ranked freshman recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
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, and he was one of three finalists for the 2013-14 WBCA Region I Coach of the Year along with Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Louisville's Jeff Walz.
Prior to his tenure at GW, 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.
The North Carolina graduate and his wife, Leigh, are the parents of two children, Emily (9) and Joshua (7).