Washington Huskies hire Rice Owls' Tina Langley as new women's basketball coach

SEATTLE -- Washington hired Tina Langley as its new women's basketball coach Monday, giving one of the top coaches in Conference USA over the past six seasons her first shot at leading a Power Five program.

Langley replaces Jody Wynn, who was fired last month after four disappointing seasons in charge of the Huskies.

"Throughout the search process, Tina stood out as the ideal leader for this program," Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen said. "Her commitment to the development of students both on and off the court, combined with her vision for bringing the program back to competing for championships, made her a perfect fit for our culture."

Langley went 126-61 in six seasons as head coach at Rice. The Owls went 44-4 in conference play over the past three seasons and Langley was named the Conference USA coach of the year in 2019.

Rice went 23-4 overall this season and 12-2 in the conference to win its first outright conference title. The Owls lost to Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA tournament title game, but rebounded to defeat Ole Miss for the Women's NIT championship.

"This is an elite institution that offers an unbelievable experience both academically and athletically and I'm humbled to have the opportunity to compete in the best conference in women's basketball," Langley said. "It was clear from my first conversations with Jen (Cohen) that we have such strong value alignment and I'm so grateful to her and Erin (O'Connell) for giving me this chance to lead a program that's had so many incredible players and coaches over the years."

Before her position at Rice, Langley was an assistant to Brenda Frese at Maryland for seven seasons. Langley also worked at Georgia, Clemson and Toledo.

Wynn was fired March 15 following four seasons during which the Huskies were among the worst teams in the Pac-12. Wynn was 38-75 overall and a miserable 11-58 in conference play. The Huskies never finished higher than ninth in the conference standings during her tenure. They went 7-14 overall and 3-13 in conference play this season.