Former Washington coach hired by Cougars

Updated: April 20, 2007, 6:24 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- June Daugherty has been named the new women's basketball coach at Washington State, the university announced Friday.

Daugherty, 50, replaces Sherri Murrell, who resigned April 5 after compiling a 27-114 record in her five years as coach. Murrell was 8-82 in Pac-10 play.

Despite coaching Washington to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons and in six of her 11 years with the Huskies, Daugherty was dismissed by Washington athletic director Todd Turner on March 18. She was fired one day after the Huskies lost their first-round game in the NCAA tournament to Iowa State. At Washington, Daugherty compiled a 191-139 overall record and a 113-85 Pac-10 mark.

Former Duke assistant Tia Jackson, 34, replaced Daugherty on April 6.

Turner said he wanted to bring a "buzz" back to the Washington program. He reportedly was unhappy that the UW program lost $1 million last season and wasn't attracting enough fans.

Daugherty will have her work cut out for her generating interest in the Cougars program. WSU averaged only 512 fans in nine Pac-10 home games last season.

Daugherty will be joined at Washington State by her lead assistant, her husband Mike, a source told The Associated Press.

It will not be the first time a coach at Washington and Washington State switched schools. Marv Harshman left Pullman after the 1971 season to become Huskies basketball coach.

The Cougars announced Wednesday that guard Amanda DuRocher has been given her release from the WSU program and will transfer at the end of the semester. A news release said DuRocher, from Bethel High School and a native of Spanaway and the sister of former Washington quarterback Johnny DuRocher, would transfer to The Master's College, an NAIA school in Santa Clarita, Calif.

As a sophomore this past season, DuRocher started 11 games and averaged 5.8 points.


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