On Monday, April 5th, the Washington Huskies Athletic Department announced the hiring of Tina Langley, the former Rice University Coach and reigning WNIT champion, as new head coach of the Washington Women’s Basketball program.
Langley’s 2020-21 season ended on Sunday, March 28th, when Rice University defeated the University of Mississippi 71-58 in the WNIT championship game.
Persistent rumors suggest that Rice’s Tina Langley is a primary candidate for the UW WBB head coach position — if not the only candidate — signed, sealed and delivered.
Now Langely officially arrives from Rice University after serving six years as its head women’s basketball coach.
Washington Athletic Director Jen Cohen noted,
We are thrilled to bring someone in of Tina’s caliber to lead our young women[.] 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.
Tina Langley’s record over six seasons at Rice was 123-61 for a 67,3% winning average.
Why it took an additional nine (9) days to announce a finalized deal is a mystery that caused much consternation among UW WBB fans that, understandably, felt Washington’s head coach search may have derailed.
As the search process has dragged on for three weeks, multiple schools have signed new women’s basketball coaches, including some that would have been acceptable to the UW WBB fanbase.
At least today’s annnouncement lifts the shroud of secrecy and uncertainty surround the Washington Women’s basketball program.
Of course, we will dive deeper into what Langley’s hiring really means for the future of Washington WBB.
Washington Athletics will formally introduce Tina Langley during a virtual press conference on Wednesday, April 7th..