Nancy Fahey Named Women’s Basketball Coach at Illinois

Nancy Fahey Named Women’s Basketball Coach at Illinois

St. Louis, Mo., March 22, 2017 — Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey has been named the new University of Illinois Women's Basketball Head Coach. The announcement was made Wednesday by U of I Director of Athletics Josh Whitman. 

As the only coach in NCAA Division III history to win five national championships, including a stretch of four straight crowns from 1998-2001, Fahey ranks as one of the most decorated coaches in the history of college basketball. She is also the leader of a program that owns the third-longest winning streak in NCAA women's basketball history at 81 games.

In 31 seasons at WashU, Fahey guided the Bears to a 737-133 (.847) overall record, and led WashU to a Division III-record 10 Final Fours. She became the fastest coach in NCAA women's basketball history to reach 600 wins, doing so in her 706th game during the 2011-12 season.

Fahey ranks sixth among all active NCAA coaches with an .847 career winning percentage. She became the first NCAA Division III representative to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2012.

WashU finished the season with a 26-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Championship for the second-straight season. The Bears also won the UAA Championship for the fourth-year in a row and 23rd time in program history. 

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
NANCY FAHEY, WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
MARCH 22, 2017

Washington University will forever hold a special place in my heart. The reason has been the people: the administration, supporters, colleagues and assistant coaches. They are truly special people. To the players that have been part of our program since the beginning to now, I want to say thank you. I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to share some wins, championships and of course a few losses along the way. The incredible feelings I have of being part of the Bear Family will never change. It is impossible to express how much the players have meant to me. 

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
JOHN SCHAEL, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS (1978-2014)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
MARCH 22, 2017

 Nancy is an incredible person, coach, colleague, and friend. While it is a sad day for Washington University it is a great day for the University of Illinois. By selecting Coach Fahey, a players' coach, Illinois now has one of the most knowledgeable and talented coaches in the game of women's basketball. I am confident she will establish and lead a successful Illini program that everyone will be proud of.

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
LORI WHITE, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
MARCH 22, 2017

 Nancy is obviously an outstanding coach. However, most importantly she has positively impacted the lives of generations of students she has taught, coached and mentored during her coaching tenure at Washington University. She leaves an incredible legacy.

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
MARK WRIGHTON, CHANCELLOR
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
MARCH 22, 2017

One of the great joys of my 22 years as chancellor has been watching Coach Nancy Fahey lead the Lady Bears. She has left an indelible mark on the history of Washington University athletics, and she will be greatly missed by all of us here and by her legion of fans and former players. We wish her all the best as she moves on to this next big challenge in her life. I have no doubt that she is ready for it.

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
MARK EDWARDS, MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
MARCH 22, 2017

 I am really excited for Coach Fahey and the opportunity that she has at the University of Illinois. We have worked closely together for the past 31 years and it is going to be difficult to envision Washington University Basketball without Nancy Fahey, but I am confident that the program will continue as one of the elite programs of NCAA Division III basketball.  From a personal standpoint, I will be losing the day-to-day relationship of someone I consider to be a part of my family- as a colleague, as a coach and as a friend.  I wish her nothing but success and I am confident that she will lead the University of Illinois basketball to great success.