Washington promotes Neighbors as new women's coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has promoted Mike Neighbors to be the Huskies new head women's basketball coach after Kevin McGuff left to take the head job at Ohio State.

Washington made the announcement of Neighbors' promotion on Friday night. Neighbors agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $350,000 in the first season and increase by $20,000 each year thereafter.

Neighbors, 44, spent the last two seasons as an assistant to McGuff. He's never been a head coach at the college level, serving as an assistant at Xavier, Arkansas, Colorado and Tulsa before coming to Washington.

Neighbors will inherit a team that is coming off consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the mid-1990s. The Huskies should be very good in 2013-14 with two McDonald All-American's — Katie Collier and Kelsey Plum — joining all-Pac-12 selection Jazmine Davis.