Known as a skilled recruiter over her 10-plus years of coaching experience, Allison Guth was named the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 head coach of Yale women’s basketball in May of 2015, returning to the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Guth is the 10th head coach in the 43-year history of the women’s basketball program.
In her first season as head coach, Guth led Yale to a 14-17 record (5-9 Ivy) and a 6th-place finish in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs finished the season on a 3-game winning streak, and with five talented freshmen added to the 2016-17 roster, Guth has an exciting opportunity to build upon the foundation she set last season.
"I couldn't be more enthusiastic about my opportunity to lead Yale women's basketball. Yale is an incredibly special institution in that it provides a world class experience academically, athletically, and socially,” said Guth. “I am proud to represent a University that stands for everything that is good and right in college athletics."
“Allison was a tremendous mentor to our student-athletes during her tenure as an assistant coach at Yale,” said Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett in 2015. “Her experiences at Northwestern and her familiarity with Yale make her the ideal individual to lead our women’s basketball program. I am thrilled to welcome her back to the Yale coaching family.”
Prior to being named Yale’s head coach, Guth spent three seasons at Northwestern as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping turn the women’s basketball team into a national power under head coach Joe McKeown. The Wildcats went 23-9 (12-6 Big Ten) and qualified for an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1997.
In her short time as a recruiting coordinator in Evanston, Guth contributed to an already top recruiting class in the country during the 2012-13 season. When that highly-ranked recruiting class arrived in Evanston, Guth helped develop Coffey into a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Inman into one of the team's leading scorers and point guard Ashley Deary into an All-Big Ten honoree and 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award finalist. She also helped guide a young Wildcats' squad that started three true freshmen, a sophomore and junior, to three wins over top-25 opponents along with a run in the 2014 WNIT where the Wildcats reached the third round and accumulated 17 wins along the way.
Guth was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale for two seasons under former head coach, Chris Gobrecht. She was named an assistant coach in July 2010 after two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations for the DePaul University women's basketball team.
As an assistant coach at Yale, Guth was in charge of coordinating all recruiting efforts for the women's basketball program as well as all game preparations and player development. She also served as a Resident Fellow for Yale's New Residence Hall (Swing Space), where she was charged with being a mentor to the students who lived there.
During her first stint in New Haven, Guth was instrumental in Yale's resurgence as a contender for the Ivy League championship and helped guide the Bulldogs to their best two-year record in 18 years and the most Ivy League wins in a two-year span (18; 10-4 in 2010-11, 8-6 in 2011-12) in the program's history.
Guth coached two All-Ivy League First Team honorees (Megan Vasquez in 2010-11 and 2011-12), an All-Ivy Rookie of the Year (Sarah Halejian, 2011-12), an All-Ivy Second Team honoree (Mady Gobrecht, 2010-11), two All-Ivy Honorable Mention players (Michelle Cashen in 2010-11 and 2011-12) and an All-Ivy Rookie Team honoree (Graf, 2010-11). She recruited Halejian, who finished her Yale career as the 10th leading scorer in program history.
Guth helped lead the Bulldogs to a 14-15 finish in 2010-11, which included a second-place 10-4 finish in the Ivy League standings, Yale's first sweep of Harvard since 1993-94 and the program's first-ever appearance in the WNIT. Yale finished tied for second in the Ivy League with Harvard, with both teams closing the season with identical 10-4 records in League play. It was Yale's highest finish in the Ivy League standings since the 1988-89 season, the only other season that Yale finished Ivy play with a 10-4 mark. Yale earned the Ivy's automatic berth in the WNIT by sweeping Harvard during the regular season.
She was also a key factor in Yale's 16-12 finish in 2011-12, which was the most wins in the program's history since 1993-94 and just the third time the program had completed a season with 16 or more victories. Yale finished the season with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League play and went into the final game of the season with a chance to lock up second place in the Ivy League standings for a return to the WNIT.
During her two seasons at DePaul as an assistant coach, Guth handled the Doug Bruno Basketball summer camps, video exchange, scouting and was involved in all on-campus recruiting. She helped DePaul reach the Big East and NCAA tournaments both seasons in Chicago (2008-09, 2009-10).
Guth was a Missouri assistant coach and helped with recruiting for the 2007-08 season. The Tigers pulled off one of the nation's biggest victories with a win over Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the first time in Big 12 history that a 12th seed defeated a No. 5 seed. She started her coaching career as an assistant at Loyola-Chicago from 2005-07. She also served as recruiting coordinator with the Ramblers and worked with backcourt players.
Guth, who led Buffalo Grove (Illinois) High School to the 2000 Class AA State title, and her high school teammates were inducted into the Illinois Coaches Basketball Association Hall of Fame in April of 2013 for their Class AA state girls basketball championship in 2000.
A three-time letterwinner at Illinois, Guth helped the Illini reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament after earning a spot as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship. Guth, an Academic All-Big Ten selection, also played a season with the Illinois women's golf team before graduating in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business before getting her Master's degree in educational leadership from DePaul in 2010.
Allison is married to Jessie Guth and they reside in Branford, CT.