Per team release:
The University of Washington has selected Tina Langley as its next head women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen announced Monday. Langley comes to Montlake after having served as the head coach at Rice University for the last six seasons.
“We are thrilled to bring someone in of Tina’s caliber to lead our young women,” said Cohen. “Throughout the search process, Tina stood out as the ideal leader for this program. Her commitment to the development of students both on and off the court, combined with her vision for bringing the program back to competing for championships made her a perfect fit for our culture. Her basketball accolades certainly speak for themselves and we look forward to watching her build something special here on Montlake.”
Langley will be formally introduced during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
Langley revitalized a Rice program and led it to unprecedented success in six seasons at the helm. Her winning percentage of .674 (126-61) is the best in program history, but it is not the only example of how Langley has raised the bar to record heights while at her first head-coaching stop. The Alabama native has led the Owls to their greatest five-year stretch in program history and simultaneously made Conference USA history along the way while also taking home Conference USA Coach of the Year honors in the 2018-19 season. Included in that span is an astonishing 44-4 (.916) record in conference play the last three years.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to join the University of Washington and be the next head coach of the women’s basketball team,” said Langley. “This is an elite institution that offers an unbelievable experience both academically and athletically and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to compete in the best conference in women’s basketball. It was clear from my first conversations with Jen (Cohen) that we have such strong value alignment and I’m so grateful to her and Erin (O’Connell) for giving me this chance to lead a program that’s had so many incredible players and coaches over the years. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank everyone at Rice for everything they’ve done for me the last six years, especially the student-athletes I’ve had the privilege of coaching, Joe Karlgaard & Stacy Mosely. I can’t wait to get to