Megan Duffy

Megan Duffy

The 2021-22 campaign will mark the third as head coach at Marquette University for Megan Duffy, who was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year after an outstanding debut season with the Golden Eagles in 2019-20.

Through two seasons at the helm of Marquette women's basketball, Coach Duffy has proved to be a fantastic hire. She's off to the best two-year start of any coach in Marquette women's basketball history, going 43-15 (.741) and 27-9 (.750) in BIG EAST play, twice leading the Golden Eagles to runner-up finishes in both the regular season and conference tournament.

The Golden Eagles made history during the 2020-21 season, winning 14 of their 18 BIG EAST games and winning a school-record 11 true road games. 13 of MU's 19 wins came away from home, including a decisive 85-71 victory over then-No. 24 DePaul at Wintrust Arena that helped the team lock up an NCAA tournament bid. After winning BIG EAST tournament games against Providence and Creighton, MU advanced to the BIG EAST tournament championship game for the fifth consecutive season. UConn and Maryland are the only other high major teams to make five straight conference tournament title games from 2017-21.

Statistically, the Golden Eagles ranked as one of the top teams in the country in a number of different categories. Proving to be one of the most efficient teams in the country, MU ranked No. 17 in the nation in field goal percentage, making 46 percent of its shots on the year. The Golden Eagles ranked in the top-20 nationally in assists per game (19.3, 7th), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.27, 14th), and rebounding margin (+8.1, 18th). The team's 11 true road wins ranked in the top-5 nationally as well (11-2 road record).

From year one to year two at MU, Coach Duffy's teams have shown tremendous growth on and off the floor. Statistically, she's helped improve the team's scoring averages (69.0 to 70.5), scoring margin (+8.0 to +8.8), field goal percentage (.454 to .460), free throw percentage (.697 to .710), assists per game (18.1 to 19.3), 3FG percentage defense (.313 to .295) and turnover margin (-3.1 to +0.46).

Coach Duffy proved to be vital in the development of all-around wing Selena Lott, who leaves Marquette as one of the most accomplished players in program history. She took her game to another level as an upperclassman, doubling her scoring average while averaging 5.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game as a senior. A 2019-20 Second Team All-BIG EAST selection, Lott made first team all-conference as a senior while being named the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and being named WBCA All-Region. She led the team in scoring (14.7), assists (5.2), steals (2.1) and blocked shots (0.8) in 2020-21 and earned a spot in the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx training camp.

Redshirt senior Lauren Van Kleunen made her second consecutive BIG EAST All-Tournament team in addition to earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2020-21. LVK averaged a career-best 13.2 points per game while grabbing 5.8 boards per night and shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Camryn Taylor also earned all-league honors, garnering All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention. Taylor took a big step up in her game after making the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team in 2019-20. She upped her scoring average from 9.3 to 12.0 points per game and her rebounding numbers from 3.8 to 6.9 per game.

Duffy was named the sixth head coach in Marquette women’s basketball history on April 10, 2019. She inherited a team that went 27-8 (15-3 BIG EAST) in 2018-19 that fell in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament to Texas A&M, 78-76. The team Coach Duffy took over had lost four 1,000-plus point scorers in Allazia Blockton (2,204 points), Natisha Hiedeman (1,913), Amani Wilborn (1,409) and Danielle King (1,389). Selena Lott was the team's only returning starter in 2019-20.
Despite these losses, Duffy made an immediate impact on the program, directing a team selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll to a second-place effort in the BIG EAST and an appearance in the league tournament championship game. The roster featured a pair of all-league performers in Selena Lott and Camryn Taylor and the program was poised for participation in the NCAA tournament.
The 2019-20 season was highlighted by a win over nationally ranked DePaul and the team finished among the nation’s best at both ends of the court.  Offensively, MU finished 16th in the country and first in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.454), eighth in assisted field goals and 10th in assists per game (18.1).  Defensively, Marquette held opponents to just 61.0 points per game and 37.5 percent from the floor, both the second-best marks in the league, while topping the conference in blocked shots (4.2 bpg.).
Marquette also established itself as one of the nation’s top rebounding teams under Duffy, concluding the year ranked fourth in the nation in rebound margin (10.7), first in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds (13.3 orpg.) and second in total boards (40.6 rpg.).

The Dayton, Ohio, native has translated her extensive playing career, which included All-America selections (finalist for national player of the year awards), USA Basketball participation (Gold medalist) and professional experience in the WNBA (Minnesota and New York) and overseas, into immediate success in the coaching ranks.

Duffy arrived at Marquette after leading Miami (Ohio) to a pair of Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances during her two-year tenure with the program.  Miami finished the season with a 23-9 overall record and a 13-5 Mid-American Conference mark in 2018-19 and reached 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1980's.

She was one of just four rookie head coaches in 2017-18 to collect at least 20 wins and the only female to accomplish the feat.  The RedHawks finished 21-11 that season, the largest improvement in the nation from the previous season in terms of total victories (nine more than 2016-17, 12-21).  Duffy guided the program to a 44-20 (.687) record during her two years, making her the winningest active coach in the MAC.

Under Duffy’s tutelage, Miami produced two all-conference performers, while the team’s successes carried into the classroom as well. Miami had a program-high eight student-athletes tabbed Academic All-MAC and the RedHawks were named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Honor Roll in 2018 after earning the sixth-best team grade-point average in the nation among all Division I schools.

Prior to her time in Oxford, Duffy owns stops at BIG EAST school St. John’s (2009-12, assistant coach), George Washington (2012-14, associate head coach) and Michigan (2014-17, assistant coach).  She helped lead each of the three programs to the postseason (seven total appearances), highlighted by a trip to the Sweet 16 with the Red Storm in 2012 and the WNIT title with the Wolverines in 2017.

Duffy was a four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame (2002-06), helping the Irish to four-straight NCAA appearances and two Sweet 16 berths. She is one of four players in school history to total at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals. She was an Associated Press and Kodak All-America honorable mention in 2005 and 2006, while being a finalist for both the John Wooden Award and Nancy Lieberman Award in her final season.

In 2006, she won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard under 5-8. Duffy was also a two-time All-BIG EAST first team selection (2005-06), the 2006 BIG EAST/Aeropostle Scholar Athlete of the Year and a 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American (first team).

She also helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2005 World University Games. After her career at Notre Dame, she was the 31st pick in the 2006 WNBA draft and played three seasons with the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty. Duffy also played overseas with teams in Romania, Slovakia, Italy and Wales.

Duffy graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a double degree in psychology and computer applications.  She is married to Kevin Hoyng.

Duffy’s Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes
2017-18 Miami (OH) 21-11 .656 12-6 .667 WNIT First Round
2018-19 Miami (OH) 23-9 .719 13-5 .722 WNIT First Round
2019-20 Marquette 24-8 .750 13-5 .722 BIG EAST Runner-Up
2020-21 Marquette 19-7 .731 14-4 .778 NCAA Tournament First Round
2 Years Marquette  43-15 .741 27-9 .750
4 Years TOTALS  87-35 .713 52-20 .722

Duffy’s Coaching Career

2019-pres.            Marquette                        Head Coach                        NCAA (2021)
2017-19                Miami (Ohio)                    Head Coach                        WNIT (2018, 2019)
2014-17                Michigan                          Assistant Coach                  WNIT (2015, 2016, 2017)
2012-14                George Washington         Associate Head Coach       WNIT (2014)
2009-12                St. John’s                         Assistant Coach                 NCAA (2010, 2011, 2012)

What others are saying...

"Megan Duffy is one of the bright, young coaches in our game. She is a great teacher with a high basketball IQ but, most importantly, she relates well with her players. I know she'll be successful at Marquette and I'm excited to see what the future holds for her."

Muffet McGraw 
Head Coach, Notre Dame

"It is so great to see Megan have the opportunity to return to her roots in the BIG EAST COnference as the head coach at Marquette. I have known her for a long time, both as a player and as a coach, and it comes as no surprise to me that she has had this type of success. She is an outstanding coach and person who works tirelessly on whatever she is doing because she wants it to be the best. I have enjoyed following her career as a head coach and know that she will continue to do great things at Marquette."

Kim Barnes Arico
Heach Coach, Michigan

"I always knew Megan had the ability to be a star in our game. Having the opportunity to coach against her as a player and working alongside her as assistants you could see that she viewed the game through the lens of a head coach. I could not be happier for her and for the BIG EAST as we add another great coach, but more importantly a great person and a friend."

Joe Tartamella
Head Coach, St. John's