June 6, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico has announced the hiring of Megan Duffy as an assistant coach on Friday (June 6). Duffy spent the last two seasons at George Washington as the associate head coach and previously coached with Barnes Arico at St. John's (2009-12).
"I am thrilled to be able to get Megan Duffy back on our staff," Barnes Arico said. "I had an opportunity to watch her as a player at Notre Dame and she played with incredible passion and determination; those qualities have transferred to her coaching style. We had a chance to work together at St. John's during a time that we broke Connecticut's 99-game home winning streak and made the NCAA Sweet 16 with a win at Oklahoma. With her experience and knowledge of the game, she has become one of the best in the country at player development. Duffy's ability to help young players improve and take their game to the next level can be seen in players like Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith, who were both WNBA draft picks after their careers at St. John's.
"It is exciting that Duffy will be back in the Midwest, where she has so many connections after playing high school basketball at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Ohio and collegiately at Notre Dame. With our current assistant coaches Melanie Moore and Joy McCorvey, Duffy's addition makes us one of the most well-rounded staffs nationally."
Duffy spent the last two years 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 advances 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 teamed up with Barnes Arico at St. John's for three seasons (2009-12). The Red Storm went 71-28 during Duffy's tenure at SJU, making the NCAA 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 ever 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 has attended the Nike Villa 7 Consortium in each of the last three summers. The conference brings together university athletic directors and the country's best assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of head coaches.
Duffy, a native of Dayton, Ohio, graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a double degree in psychology and computer applications.
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