Illinois officially announces hiring of new women's basketball coach
There’s a new women’s basketball coach in Champaign.
On Monday, Illinois announced the hiring of Shauna Green to become the next leader of the Fighting Illini. She comes to Illinois after spending the last 6 seasons at Dayton.
Green led the Flyers to 5 A-10 championships in her 6 seasons with 5 postseason appearances — 4 of which were in the NCAA Tournament. During her time in Dayton, Green compiled a 127-50 record and a 79-13 mark in conference play.
“As we expected, our head coaching position attracted tremendous interest from imminently qualified candidates across the country – a testament to the reputation of the University of Illinois, the upward trajectory of Fighting Illini Athletics, and the hard work of our basketball student-athletes,” said Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman. “Even amongst such a talented candidate pool, Shauna Green quickly emerged as a dynamic, proven leader with a demonstrated record of success at one of the nation’s most visible, accomplished mid-major programs.
“In visiting with Shauna, I was struck by her inner drive, her innate competitiveness, and her commitment to the student-athletes under her charge,” Whitman continued. “She and I connected quickly around an ambitious vision for the future of Illinois women’s basketball, which she and her staff plan to spread around the state and across the country. Our women’s basketball program is in great hands under Coach Green’s leadership, and I look forward to the hard work ahead that will yield our bright future. Please join me in welcoming Coach Green, her husband, Andy, and their son, Matteo, to the Fighting Illini family!”
We are so excited to welcome @Shauna_Green as our head coach!
🔶 5 Atlantic 10 Championships
🔷 4 NCAA Tournaments in 6 years
🔶 3-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
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— Illinois W Basketball (@IlliniWBB) March 21, 2022
“I am beyond excited to join the Illini family,” said Green. “For me, it’s always about the people, fit and vision. As soon as I met Josh, I believed in his leadership and desire to build a winning program. I want to thank Josh, SaraBurton and Chancellor Robert Jones for their belief in me. I truly believe the time is now for the program and we will work tirelessly to build it into a championship program.”
Last season, Green led Dayton to a 26-6 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.