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Charlottesville, VA – Joanne Boyle, the women’s head basketball coach at the University of California at Berkeley for the last six years, is the new women’s head basketball coach at the University of Virginia, UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage announced on April 9. Boyle becomes the fourth head coach in the 38-year history of the Virginia women’s basketball program.

Boyle comes to Virginia after compiling a 137-64 (.682) record with the Golden Bears. She led California to postseason play each year she directed the program, including four NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Bears won the 2010 WNIT championship.

When Boyle took over as the California head coach in 2005 she inherited a program that had gone 12 consecutive seasons without a winning record. In her first season (2005-06), Boyle’s Golden Bears finished with an 18-12 record and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years.

The 2006-07 California squad finished with a 23-9 record, placed third in the Pac-10 standings and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season.

In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Boyle led California to back-to-back 27-7 overall records, 15-3 finishes in the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2008-09 Golden Bear squad advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history.

Boyle’s 54-14 record over the two-season span of 2007-09 marked the best two-year span in terms of victories in Cal history.

Among the other highlights during her career at California:

  • Received the 2011 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Carol Eckman Award which is presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose
  • Named 2006-07 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • Named 2007-08 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
  • Surpassed the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the school record for wins in a season in 2007-08 and 2008-09 (27-7)
  • Directed Cal to the best Pac-10 finish (2nd) and to the Bears’ best Pac-10 record (15-3) in program history in 2007-08 and 2008-09
  • In 2007-08, led Cal to the Pac-10 Tournament final for the first time
  • In 2008-09, spent four weeks at a program-best No. 3 ranking in both the AP and USA Today-ESPN Coaches’ polls
  • Advanced the 2008-09 squad to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen after winning a second-round game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history
  • Coached the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year (Devanei Hampton) and the 2005-06 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Alexis Gray-Lawson)
  • Her players earned All-Pac-10 honors 17 times and Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades 11 times
  • Coached three All-Americans (Devanei Hampton, Ashley Walker, and Alexis Gray-Lawson)
  • Coached the 2010 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (Alexis Gray-Lawson), an honor given to the top player in the nation 5-8 and under

Boyle began her head coaching career at the University of Richmond in 2002. In three years she led the Spiders to a 67-29 (.698) record, winning at least 21 games each season. Her final year at Richmond the Spiders went 23-8 and earned an invitation to the NCAA Championships.

Boyle’s nine-year head coaching record is 204-93 (.687). She has taken her teams to postseason play all nine years during her career.

Boyle is highly regarded in the women’s basketball community. She is a member of the State Farm/Wade Trophy selection committee and the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee (2009-2012). In 2006 she was an assistant coach for the USA team that competed in the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women and a member of the WBCA Board of Directors.

Boyle served as an assistant coach at Duke from 1993 to 2002. During that nine-year span the Blue Devils recorded a 225-121 record, advanced to the NCAA Championships the last eight seasons and made Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2002.

A four-year letterwinner at Duke, Boyle graduated in 1985 with a degree in economics and earned a master’s of science degree in health policy and administration from North Carolina in 1989. She ended her playing career ranked second at Duke in both scoring and assists. Her 75 steals during the 1984-85 campaign remained the highest single-season total until Alana Beard broke the mark in 2000-01. Prior to starting her coaching career at her alma mater she played professionally in Luxembourg and Germany for three years.

The parties have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that will pay Boyle total annual compensation of $700,000 for five years. She will receive a $125,000 signing bonus and the memorandum includes an additional incentive bonus of $125,000 that she could receive after five years.

The Joanne Boyle File
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
High School: Gateway (Pittsburgh, Pa., 1981)
College: Duke, (1985, bachelor’s), North Carolina (1989, master’s)

Professional Playing Experience
German Elite Division (1992-1993)
Luxembourg League (1990-1992)

Coaching Experience: 204-93 (.687) in nine years as a head coach
Virginia – head coach (2011-)
California – head coach (2005-2011)
Richmond – head coach (2002-05)
Duke – assistant coach (1993-02)

At California (Head Coach)
Season Record Postseason

2005-06 18-12 NCAA First Round
2006-07 23-9 NCAA First Round
2007-08 27-7 NCAA Second Round
2008-09 27-7 NCAA Sweet 16
2009-10 24-13 WNIT Champions
2010-11 18-16 WNIT Second Round
Total 137-64 (.682)

At Richmond (Head Coach)
Season Record Postseason

2002-03 21-11 WNIT Quarterfinals
2003-04 23-10 WNIT Semifinals
2004-05 23-8 NCAA First Round
Total 67-29 (.698)

At Duke (Assistant Coach)
Season Record Postseason

1993-94 16-11 –
1994-95 22-9 NCAA Second Round
1995-96 26-7 NCAA Second Round
1996-97 19-11 NCAA Second Round
1997-98 24-8 NCAA Elite Eight
1998-99 29-7 NCAA National Championship Game
1999-00 28-6 NCAA Sweet 16
2000-01 30-4 NCAA Sweet 16
2001-02 31-4 NCAA Final Four
Total 225-67 (.771)

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