Notre Dame '06
After leading Miami to a historic 2017-18 campaign, head coach Megan Duffy returns for her second season with the RedHawks.
Duffy guided Miami to the best win turnaround in the nation under a first-year head coach as the RedHawks won 10 more games than a season ago to collect a 21-11 record on the year. She was one of just four rookie head coaches this past season to post at least 20 wins, and the only female to do so.
The Red & White went 12-6 in Mid-American Conference play, their most wins since 2007-08. This year’s feat was particularly impressive as MU began conference play 2-5 but finished the regular season by winning 10 of its last 11.
When all was said and done, the ‘Hawks closed the regular season with the fourth-best record in the conference, earning them a first-round bye straight to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament. There, Miami topped rival Ohio, 69-66, to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2008. The Red & White’s run came to an end when they fell to eventual champion and Sweet 16 team Central Michigan, 61-58.
Under Duffy’s tutelage, Miami produced two all-conference performers in Lauren Dickerson and Kendall McCoy. Dickerson was tabbed First-Team All-MAC while McCoy earned All-MAC Honorable Mention.
The RedHawks improved statistically in a number of areas this past season, one of the most notable being on the defensive side of the ball as they led the conference in scoring defense at 64.0 points per game.
The team’s successes were hardly limited to the court. Miami had a program-high eight student-athletes tabbed Academic All-MAC. This past summer, the RedHawks were named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Honor Roll after earning the sixth-best team grade-point average in the nation among all Division I schools. Most recently, the team was recognized as having the top GPA of any women’s program at Miami.
Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Duffy as the newest head coach of the women’s basketball program on Monday, April 3, 2017.
Duffy, a native of Dayton, Ohio, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and becomes the RedHawks’ ninth head coach in program history.
“I am incredibly excited and humbled to become the next Miami women's basketball coach,” said Duffy. It is evident through the passion and leadership of President Crawford and Director of Athletics, David Sayler, that Miami is set-up for success. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity to join the rich academic and athletic tradition at Miami University.”
The Wolverines have remained a postseason mainstay in Duffy’s three seasons as an assistant coach, winning at least 20 games and advancing to the WNIT Final Four each year. That stretch includes a school-record 28 victories and a WNIT title in 2016-17. Under Duffy’s tutelage, Michigan cracked the national top 25 rankings for the first time in four years this season, moving as high as 20th in the polls. The Wolverines were a potent offensive bunch during the past three campaigns, finishing 11th in the country in scoring with a program-record 78.6 points per game in 2015-16. The 2015-16 squad also finished sixth nationally in field goal percentage (47.8 percent) and fifth in three-point percentage (39.8 percent). In 2016-17 Michigan finished 18th nationally with 76.9 points per game, ninth in three-point percentage (38.1 percent) and 13th in field goal percentage (46.1 percent).
Duffy worked with the Wolverines’ point guards and wing players during her time in Ann Arbor and also worked closely with the strength and conditioning staff to implement team conditioning, strength and nutrition regiments. A diligent recruiter, Duffy assisted in sealing recruiting classes that ranked fifth (2015) and 12th (2016) nationally for the Maize and Blue. She recruited and coached eight All-Big Ten selections and two All-Freshman Team picks, including 2014-15 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year Katelynn Flaherty, who netted 1,992 points (second in school history) in three years with Duffy.
“After an extensive search, on behalf of President Crawford, I am pleased to announce Megan Duffy as our women’s basketball coach,” said Sayler. “Megan’s experiences as a player and coach will bring a valuable perspective to Miami women’s basketball. As a former All-American point guard and WNBA player, she understands the drive and passion needed to win championships. As a coach, she understands how to recruit, develop players and will serve as a great role model for our student-athletes. Most importantly, she understands how to win and achieve excellence at esteemed academic institutions.”
Duffy spent two years (2012-14) as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at George Washington, helping the Colonials to a 23-11 record and second-place finish in the Atlantic 10 in 2013-14. It was the highest win total for GW since 2008 and the Colonials advanced to the third round of the WNIT for the first time since that same season. She helped guards Danni Jackson (third team) and Chakecia Miller (all-defensive team) to A-10 postseason honors following the 2013-14 season.
Her responsibilities at George Washington included recruiting, on-floor coaching, player development, scouting and monitoring student-athletes' academic performance. As recruiting coordinator, Duffy brought in 10 players during her tenure at GW to help the Colonials to a second-place conference finish after just two years.
Prior to joining the Colonials, Duffy spent three seasons (2009-12) as an assistant coach at St. John's. The Red Storm went 71-28 during Duffy's tenure at SJU, making the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons and reaching the 2012 Sweet 16. In her final season at St. John's, the Red Storm advanced to its first-ever Sweet 16 as a No. 3 seed, the highest NCAA seed in program history. SJU finished the season ranked at No. 15 in both major polls.
She spent her final season at St. John's (2011-12) as the recruiting coordinator, in addition to her duties of working with the guards, game planning, scouting and scheduling.
Duffy joined the college coaching ranks after a successful collegiate playing career, spending time with USA Basketball and a professional career both in the U.S. and overseas.
Duffy was a four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame (2002-06), helping the Irish to four-straight NCAA appearances and two Sweet 16 berths. She is one of four players in school history to total at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals. She was an Associated Press and Kodak All-America honorable mention in 2005 and 2006, while being a finalist for both the John Wooden Award and Nancy Lieberman Award in her final season. In 2006, she won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard under 5-8. Duffy was also a two-time All-Big East first team selection (2005-06), the 2006 Big East /Aeropostle Scholar Athlete of the Year and a 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American (first team).
She also helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2005 World University Games. After her career at Notre Dame, she was the 31st pick in the 2006 WNBA draft and played three seasons with the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty. Duffy also played overseas with teams in Romania, Slovakia, Italy and Wales.
Duffy graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a double degree in psychology and computer applications.
What Are They Saying About Coach Duffy?
Kim Barnes Arico - Head Coach, University of Michigan Women's Basketball
"I had an opportunity to watch Megan as a player when she was at Notre Dame and I was at St. John's playing in the same league years ago, so I feel like I have known her forever. I know that she is going to be successful as a head coach. I have been fortunate to watch her grow up in this profession, working alongside her at both St. John's and Michigan. She is an outstanding coach and person who works tirelessly on whatever she is doing - player development, recruiting, scouting - because she wants to be the best. She develops great relationships with her players because she spends so much time with them, always helping them get better on and off the court. I know that she is ready to take on this challenge."
Muffet McGraw - Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Women's Basketball
"Megan Duffy is one of the bright young coaches in the women's game. She is a great teacher with a high basketball IQ but, most importantly, she relates well with her players. Megan is ready for the challenge of being a head coach and I know she will be successful."
Jonathan Tsipis - Head Coach, University of Wisconsin Women's Basketball
“It comes as no surprise that Megan Duffy was selected as the women’s basketball coach at Miami. She was one of most accomplished high school players in Ohio high school history. As a coach at Notre Dame I watched her become an unmatched leader, and with a work ethic that was second to none. During the time we worked together at George Washington University, she was instrumental in building a championship level program that would foster four Atlantic 10 titles with three consecutive post-season appearances. She is a coach I would want my own daughter to play, grow and develop under. Great things are in store for Miami women’s basketball.”