Xavier Magazine

He’s Got Game

The University hired Kevin McGuff as its new head women’s basketball coach in June, replacing Melanie Balcomb, who left in May to take on the head coaching job at Vanderbilt University.

McGuff, 32, was an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame for the last six years, and was on a European tour with the team when he heard about the opening.

“I was in Italy at the time,” he says. “The phone rang at 2:30 a.m. It was a friend of mine, and the first thing he said was, ‘The job is open.’ I knew instantly what job he meant, because this is the job I always talked about wanting.”

The native of nearby Hamilton went straight to his computer and e-mailed athletic director Mike Bobinski. He interviewed upon his return. Bobinski was impressed.

“We looked for three things: A good person, someone with a passion for this job and someone who’s been successful at a high level. He had it all.”

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