Promote From Within
Nothing builds team morale more rapidly than promoting an assistant coach to the head coaching position. Doing so immediately removes the awkward introductions of players and coaching staff to the new head coach. That familiarity allows both team and players to fast track to the real order of business: practicing basketball.
With the First Pick
As a matter of fact, second year assistant coach Morgan Valley would bring all of those positives in filling the head coaching role. Valley started her coaching career at U Conn under Geno Auriemma as a student assistant. Her career brought her to Holy Cross for two seasons (2005-07), Towson, New Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts for four seasons (2010-14) and eventually Virginia Tech.
Player Turned Coach
Valley sprang from the ranks of players, helping her team set a then-record 70-straight games at UConn to go with the three national titles.
Although she was a guard when she played, her work with the Washington Huskies has been in the front court. She was integral in help Chantel Osahor dominate the boards for the Huskies. From the aspects of experience with the Washington Huskies as well as coaching experience, Valley brings quite a bit to the table. She knows the players, the landscape, and the competition. The only question, and the biggest question, is whether she is up for the challenge of head coaching.