Tsipis resigns as women’s basketball head coach

After four years at the helm of GW women's basketball, head coach Jonathan Tsipis has left the program, the University announced Monday.  Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer
After four years at the helm of GW women’s basketball, head coach Jonathan Tsipis has left the program, the University announced Monday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Matt Cullen.

Jonathan Tsipis has resigned as head coach of the women’s basketball team, the University announced Monday night in a release.

Tsipis and the Colonials finished their 2015-2016 campaign at 26-7 with a share of the regular-season title, and won the A-10 Championship for the second consecutive season. The team received a No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but suffered a disappointing first-round loss to Kansas State.

“Over the last four years, Jonathan has restored the outstanding tradition of GW women’s basketball,” Director of Athletics Patrick Nero said in the release. “We’re grateful to him, his staff and the student-athletes he coached for bringing the program back to the top of the Atlantic 10 and into the national picture. As we wish Jonathan luck, we also look forward to the next chapter of excellence at GW.”

In his four years in Foggy Bottom, Tsipis led the Colonials to a 92-38 record. He played a key role in transforming the women’s program from an under .500 squad in 2011 and 2012 to a national contender his final two seasons.

Star senior forward Jonquel Jones, who established herself in Colonial history by collecting career totals of 1,171 points, 961 rebounds, and 177 blocks in three years, was recruited to GW by Tsipis. Jones is projected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming WNBA draft.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Tsipis has been offered the women’s basketball head coaching position at The University of Wisconsin–Madison and is awaiting committee approval of his contract.

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