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Roberts, Goestenkors emerge as possible candidates at UW

Thu., April 18, 2013

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said he’d immediately begin a nationwide search for a replacement for former women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff.

Woodward’s staff has already contacted candidates but has not set a timetable for an announcement. McGuff was named Tuesday as Ohio State’s coach.

McGuff signed a contract extension with UW through the 2020 season in March after two 20-win seasons. His base salary was $475,000. McGuff, 43, is expected to make nearly $1 million per season at Ohio State, which will pay the $1.75 million buyout that McGuff owed UW.

Although Woodward would neither confirm nor deny potential hires, among the candidates to replace McGuff is former Seattle Pacific player Lynne Roberts, who led Pacific (27-8) to its first regular-season Big West title and defeated Washington 85-78 in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament this year.

Former Texas coach Gail Goestenkors, who resigned in 2012, and McGuff’s former assistant coaches Mike Neighbors, Kevin Morrison and Adia Barnes are also possible candidates. Neighbors, Morrison and Barnes have 30 days remaining in their current contracts after McGuff’s departure.

Goestenkors has an all-time coaching record of 498-163 and made about $1.2 million, including bonuses, at Texas, according to figures released in 2011.

She resigned because she said her heart wasn’t into coaching at the time, but has since interviewed for other positions.

“It’s a lot to pay and I don’t think we will,” Woodward said of joining the ranks of Connecticut, Baylor and Rutgers in signing coaches to million-dollar contracts. “You never say never, but we try to be competitive in the marketplace and I think that’s what we’ll do going forward.”

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