Illinois welcomes Shauna Green as women’s basketball head coach

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New Illinois women’s basketball head coach Shauna Green speaks at the Introductory Press Conference on Tuesday. Prior to receiving the new position, Green was the head coach at the University at Dayton for six years.

By Jonathan Alday, Assistant Sports Editor

March 21, 2022, Illinois named Shauna Green as their 10th head coach for women’s basketball.

She replaces Hall of Fame coach Nancy Fahey after a 36-year career, with five of those at Illinois compiling a record of 42-99, with nine wins against Big Ten teams.

Green comes in with consistent success as head coach of the University of Dayton compiling a record of 127-50 (.718) over six years, earning five Atlantic-10 regular-season championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Green was named 2021-2022 A-10 Coach of the Year for the third time in her career, with the Flyers going 23-4 on the season.

​​Before her tenure at Dayton, Green was head coach for two seasons at Division III Loras College. Green also had assistant coach stints at Dayton, Northwestern and Providence College.

In the 2021-2022 season, Illinois finished 7-20, going 1-13 in conference and falling in the second round of the Big Ten Championship against Nebraska.

Green will look to turn around an Illinois program that has not lived up to expectations of Big Ten basketball which hasn’t gone to the NCAA Tournament since the 2002-2003 season and hasn’t finished above 10th place since 2013.

“I was struck by her inner drive, her innate competitiveness, and her commitment to the student-athletes under her charge,” Whitman said to Illinois Athletics. “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.”

 

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