Ginny Doyle, a former Richmond basketball standout, recently completed for her 15th season on the Spider's staff. During her tenure at Richmond, she has helped guide the Spiders to nine winning seasons an at-large berth to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, five-straight postseason appearances and a first-ever appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship final in 2009.
In 2011-12, the Spiders collected a 23-9 record, the most wins since 2009 and fewest losses since 2004-05. Richmond was awarded a bye in the A-10 Tournament for the third time in the last four years, after finishing in the top-4 and received a WNIT postseason bid for the fourth-straight year.
"Ginny has been a loyal member of the University of Richmond women's basketball program," said Shafer. "As a former player at Richmond, she is a tremendous asset to our program and to the institution. Ginny has always been an excellent recruiter, but she has also developed into a great floor coach. Our perimeter players continue to get better under her tutelage. Her passion for the University and our players is evident daily. She is the type of person who we really don’t understand all that Ginny does until she is gone, because she does so much good for us. Ginny has a bright future in our game. People around the country have a great deal of respect for Ginny Doyle and we are fortunate that we are able to keep her with us."
In addition to helping the Spiders post an overall mark of 250-184 and made seven national postseason appearances.
Doyle helped guide the Spiders to 20-win seasons in three of the past five years, including a 24-10 record (third most wins in program history), runner-up finish in the 2009 Atlantic 10 Tournament and the second round of the WNIT.
"Ginny gives her heart and soul to our program and to the University of Richmond," said head coach Michael Shafer of Doyle. "Her desire to succeed here stems from the fact that she has a great deal invested in Richmond - she played here and now coaches here. Her feelings for this University and our student-athletes are truly genuine. She is a very good floor coach and she has a good feel for the game and does a good job of relaying information to our players and coaches."
Aside from her coaching duties, Doyle also coordinates recruiting, scouts opponents and assists with player development of guards.
"Over the years, Ginny's forte' has been recruiting," continued Shafer. "I believe that she is one of the hidden gems in the country in that area. She never stops recruiting. She is extremely organized and she is relentless on the road. I am excited that we have Ginny on our staff. She has proven to be an invaluable member to our program."
Doyle approaches her roles as a coach at Richmond with the same passion and work ethic that she displayed in the early 1990's as a starting guard for the Spiders. Doyle, the holder of Richmond's fifth highest career scoring average, still remembers the feeling of being a champion-the feeling of earning NCAA Tournament appearances, the feeling of choking back tears as she watched the program's back-to-back CAA Championship banners being raised following the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
Doyle was an instrumental part of the program's conference titles in those seasons, and strives to provide the same feeling of success to her players. "I walk into the Robins Center, look at those two banners and remember how special winning those two titles were," she states. "I hope that every one of our players gets to experience winning conference championships and being a part of the NCAA Tournament on a consistent basis. It's a special feeling and something no one can ever take away from you. I had a very successful and rewarding experience at the University of Richmond as a student-athlete. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything in the world! My goal as a coach is that our players have as great of an experience here at Richmond as a student-athlete as I did!"
Doyle played two years at Richmond after transferring from George Washington and played a key role in leading Richmond to the 1991 CAA Championship, earning all-conference honors both seasons. Doyle is the program's all-time leader in career free throw percentage and set the NCAA Division I record for consecutive free throws at 66 in her senior season (1991-92). It was a NCAA record that stood for 18 years until it was reset in Jan. 2011.
Doyle graduated from Richmond in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in health. Doyle resides in Glen Allen, Va.
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