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Allison Guth joined the Wildcats on June 8, 2012 and has made an immediate imact on the Northwestern women's basketball program, helping secure and develop some of the top talent in the country as an assistant coach and the team's recruiting coordinator.
"We are really excited to bring Allison on to our staff at Northwestern," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said prior to her hire in June of 2012. "She brings a wealth of experience to our program, including her most recent position as recruiting coordinator at Yale. She understands the academic integrity and student-athlete concept that is so important at Northwestern. A native of the Chicago area and former student-athlete in the Big Ten, she also is a great fit for our staff. Her energy and enthusiasm will help our program immensely."
"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about my opportunity to join Coach McKeown and his staff at Northwestern University," Guth said. "Northwestern is so special in the fact that it provides a "World Class" experience academically, socially, and athletically. I am proud to hit the recruiting trail for an institution and basketball program I genuinely believe in."
In her short time as recruiting coordinator in Evanston, Guth helped secure one of the top recruiting classes in the country during the 2012-13 season as the Wildcats' 2013 class was ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 22 in the country. Northwestern signee Nia Coffey was tabbed a McDonald's All-American and WBCA All-American while Christen Inman received WBCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
When that highly-ranked recruiting class arrived in Evanston, Guth helped develop Coffey into a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Inman into one of the team's leading scorers and point guard Ashley Deary into an All-Big Ten honoree and 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award finalist. She also helped guide a young Wildcats' squad that started three true freshmen, a sophomore and junior, to three wins over top-25 opponents along with a run in the 2014 WNIT where the Wildcats reached the third round and accumulated 17 wins along the way.
Northwestern's 2014 signing class also included some of the top talent from around the country, along with the state of Illinois. Guth helped secure commitments from Alexis Glasgow (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows), an Associated Press All-State honoree and Maya Jonas (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), a WBCA Division 2 First-Team All-State honoree.
Guth was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale for two seasons prior to coming to Evanston. She was named an assistant coach in July 2010 after two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations for the DePaul University women's basketball team.
At Yale, Guth was in charge of coordinating all recruiting efforts for the women's basketball program as well as all game preparations and player development. She also served as a Resident Fellow for Yale's New Residence Hall (Swing Space), where she was charged with being a mentor to the students who lived there.
In her two seasons in New Haven, Guth was instrumental in Yale's resurgence as a contender for the Ivy League championship and helped guide the Bulldogs to their best two-year record in 18 years, when the Bulldogs finished 15-11 in 1992-93 and 16-10 in 1993-94, and the most Ivy League wins in a two-year span (18; 10-4 in 2010-11, 8-6 in 2011-12) in the program's history.
Guth coached two All-Ivy League First Team honorees (Megan Vasquez in 2010-11 and 2011-12), an All-Ivy Rookie of the Year (Sarah Halejian, 2011-12), an All-Ivy Second Team honoree (Mady Gobrecht, 2010-11), two All-Ivy Honorable Mention players (Michelle Cashen in 2010-11 and 2011-12) and an All-Ivy Rookie Team honoree (Graf, 2010-11).
Guth helped lead the Bulldogs to a 14-15 finish in 2010-11, which included a second-place 10-4 finish in the Ivy League standings, Yale's first sweep of Harvard since 1993-94 and the program's first-ever appearance in the WNIT. Yale finished tied for second in the Ivy League with Harvard, with both teams closing the season with identical 10-4 records in League play. It was Yale's highest finish in the Ivy League standings since the 1988-89 season, the only other season that Yale finished Ivy play with a 10-4 mark. Yale earned the Ivy's automatic berth in the WNIT by sweeping Harvard during the regular season for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Guth was also a key factor in Yale's 16-12 finish in 2011-12, which was the most wins in the program's history since 1993-94 and just the third time the program had completed a season with 16 or more victories. Yale finished the season with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League play and went into the final game of the season with a chance to lock up second place in the Ivy League standings for a return to the WNIT.
During her time at DePaul, Guth handled the Doug Bruno Basketball summer camps, video exchange, scouting and was involved in all on-campus recruiting. She helped DePaul reach the Big East and NCAA tournaments both seasons in Chicago.
Guth was a Missouri assistant coach and helped with recruiting for the 2007-08 season. The Tigers pulled off one of the nation's biggest victories with a win over Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the first time in Big 12 history that a 12th seed defeated a No. 5 seed. She started her coaching career as an assistant at Loyola-Chicago from 2005-07. She also served as recruiting coordinator with the Ramblers and worked with backcourt players.
Guth, who led Buffalo Grove (Illinois) High School to the 2000 Class AA State title, and her high school teammates were inducted into the Illinois Coaches Basketball Association Hall of Fame in April of 2013 for their Class AA state girls basketball championship in 2000.
The three-time letterwinner at Illinois, Guth helped the Illini reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament after earning a spot as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship. Guth, an Academic All-Big Ten selection, also played a season with the Illinois women's golf team before graduating in 2004. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business before getting her master's degree in educational leadership from DePaul in 2010.