Staff
Head Coach
Mike McGuire

Head coach Mike McGuire has completed five seasons at the helm of the Radford women’s basketball program after taking the position on April 24, 2013.

Widely recognized as one of the up-and-coming head coaches in the country, McGuire has quickly laid a solid foundation for the program moving forward.

McGuire led the Highlanders to its second straight 24-9 mark, compiling a 48-18 record over the last two seasons, best two-year mark in program history. Radford finished with a 15-3 clip in Big South, most wins in program history. For the second straight season, Radford dropped no more than two games in a row.

Leading Radford to its third straight Big South Tournament semifinal appearance, Radford made its second straight WNIT and third in four years under McGuire. The Highlanders defeated Big Ten foe Penn State 63-62 in overtime for the third postseason win in program history.

Radford went 12-1 inside the Dedmon Center, holding a 28-1 mark since February 2016 as the Highlanders won 21 straight at one point, ranking as the third longest home streak in the country.

McGuire became the second coach in program history to be named Big South Coach of the Year twice as he earned his second honor in four seasons.

In his fourth season after taking over the reins of the women’s program, McGuire’s put together one of the most memorable seasons in program history during the 2016-17 campaign. McGuire has increased the program’s win totals from seven in his first season to 17, 18 and 24 over the last three seasons. Since that 7-23 season in 2013-14, McGuire has compiled an 81-45. record.

Dropping no more than two games in a row throughout the season, Radford concluded its magical 2016-17 season with a 24-9 record, finishing with the second most wins in program history. Only the 1988-89 squad won more games, compiling a 25-7 record.

In Big South Conference play, Radford finished with a 14-4 record for the second most conference wins in the team’s history, matching the record set during the 2014-15 season. Racking up the wins on the floor, Radford also racked up its first Big South Regular Season Championship in 25 years, defeating Campbell with a thrilling 49-48 win.

In addition, Radford collected its 700th win in program history on February 21, 2017, becoming the second program in Big South history to win 700 games.

Developing the nickname “Cardiac Kids,” midway through the season, Radford played in nine games decided by three points or less with five coming in the last seven games of the season. The Highlanders compiled a 7-2 record in those games, which may be due to the calm demeanor of McGuire. During McGuire’s tenure, Radford is 21-11 in games decided by five points or less.

Providing fans with suspenseful games all season long, Radford’s lockdown defense was a major part of the season’s success. The Highlander defense finished the season ranked inside the Top 15 nationally in two defensive categories. Holding opponents to a mere 55.0 points per game, Radford ranked as the 10th best defense in the country. The Highlanders ranked 11th with a 35.1 field goal percentage defense.

Individually, Radford placed four on All-Big South squads. Destinee Walker and Jayda Worthy earned a spot on the first team, marking the second consecutive season the Highlanders put two on the first team. Janayla White was named to the honorable mention squad and Khiana Johnson on the all-freshman team.

Radford collected two three-point victories in the Big South Tournament, earning its first championship appearance since 2008. The Highlanders fell just short of earning its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1996, dropping the championship game 49-48 to UNC Asheville.

The Highlanders made their second WNIT appearance under McGuire and the seventh postseason appearance in program history.

Despite a 2015-16 season ravaged by injuries, McGuire steered Radford to its most wins (18) since the 2007-08 season. The Highlanders, who tied for third in the Big South regular-season standings, advanced to the semifinals of the Big South tournament for the first time since 2013.

Defense was the cornerstone of Radford’s success. The Highlanders concluded the season ranked fifth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (.333), 14th in scoring defense (53.3) and 16th in blocks per game (5.6).

In just his second season at the helm (2014-15), McGuire guided the Highlanders to their third WNIT in school history. Radford, which finished with a 17-14 overall record, including a 14-6 Big South ledger, finished tied for second in the Big South regular-season standings. It was the Highlanders’ highest finish in the conference standings since 2010-11.

McGuire’s work did not go unnoticed as the conference’s 11 head coaches selected him Big South Coach of the Year, marking the sixth head coach in program history to earn the accolade.

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordin...
Christie Rogers

Radford head coach Mike McGuire announced the addition of Christie Rogers as an assistant coach on his women's basketball staff on June 8th.

"I have been fortunate to have some outstanding assistant coaches with me during my first three years at Radford, and Christie will be the next as a great assistant coach for our program," McGuire said. "I am thrilled Christie chose to join our basketball family at Radford. Christie has a great coaching background and tremendous experience that will help our program in several areas."

In her role with the Highlanders, Rogers will serve as recruiting coordinator. Her other primary duties will be guard player development, small group academics and scouting.

Rogers comes to RU following four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Towson. In her time with the Tigers, Rogers coached four All-Colonial Athletic performers, including the CAA's leading scorer in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Radford family. Coach McGuire is someone I've always been extremely impressed by and what he has been able to accomplish in a short time at Radford has been incredible," Rogers said. "I am elated to be working with high character student-athletes, while helping mentor them into becoming the best players and people they can be. I could not be more excited to be a Highlander."

She is no stranger to the Big South, having served in the same capacity for Winthrop during the 2011-12 season. With the Eagles, Rogers directed all recruiting efforts, signing a Top-100 class.

Prior to Winthrop, Rogers served as a graduate assistant at Clemson, assisting in all aspects of the program. She was responsible for all video coordinating tasks and assisted with recruiting.

Before joining Clemson's staff, Rogers was a coaches' intern for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Rogers assisted in conducting individual workouts, scouting opponents and planning practices.

Rogers played collegiately at St. Mary's College of Maryland and Washington (Md.). She finished her career at Washington, serving as team captain for three seasons.

A native of Davidsonville, Md., Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington in 2009. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in youth development leadership from Clemson.

"Christie will coordinate our recruiting and I look forward to her impact immediately," McGuire noted. "Most importantly, Christie is a passionate and driven person that will help our student-athletes on a daily basis. She is a great fit and I'm excited to work with her."

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Camille Collier

Radford head coach Mike McGuire announced the addition of Camille Collier as an assistant coach on his women's basketball staff on July 5, 2017.

“I want to welcome Camille to Radford and our women's basketball program. She brings well-rounded experience to our program both as a former student-athlete at Wake Forest and as a collegiate coach at Jacksonville,” McGuire said. “Camille gained valuable experience at Jacksonville in building a program into a championship contender, which aligns with our expectations each season at Radford.”

In her role with the Highlanders; Collier will assist in recruiting, scouting, perimeter player development and academics.

Collier arrives in Radford following four seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville. In the spring of 2016, she was elevated to recruiting coordinator. Prior to the promotion, Jacksonville claimed its first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference championship, and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team posted a record of 22-11, the third 20-win season in program history, with an 11-3 mark in conference contests.

The 2016-17 seasons saw the Dolphins compile a 23-9 record and 11-3 clip in ASUN, earning a bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the Radford women’s basketball staff and become a part of the Radford community. Coach McGuire has had tremendous success building this program and creating a standard of excellence on the floor, in the classroom and community,” Collier noted. “I am thrilled to mentor our student-athletes and assist them in becoming the best versions of themselves."

A former standout at Wake Forest, Collier wrapped up her career as a student-athlete in 2012 by helping the Demon Deacons to a 20-win season and the second round of the WNIT.

Collier was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team as freshman when she led ACC rookies with her 8.2 scoring average and also earned a place on the ACC Honor Roll two other times.

After finishing her career as a Demon Deacon, Collier served as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia State.

A native of Washington, D.C., Collier earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest in 2011 and a master’s degree in education in 2012.

“I know she'll provide passion and energy to our program in several areas including recruiting and the development of our young women on and off the court,” McGuire noted. “The addition of Camille is another great step of momentum for our program.”

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Ross Jolly

Ross Jolly joined Radford as an assistant women's basketball coach in June 2016.

In his role with the Highlanders, Jolly serves as the scouting coordinator. His other duties include post player development, recruiting and academics.

Jolly comes to RU following three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at North Greenville. In his time with the Crusaders, Jolly coached five all-conference performers, including the 2015 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year.

Prior to North Greenville, Jolly spent one season on the sidelines at UNC Wilmington for the 2012-13 season. Jolly aided in recruiting, player development, scouting and film exchange for the Seahawks.

Before joining UNC Wilmington's staff, Jolly served as an assistant at Tusculum, leading the Pioneers to a 17-11 record and an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

During his time as a student at Chattanooga, Jolly served as a student assistant on Wes Moore's staff that posted a 82-37 record, while collecting three Southern Conference championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Jolly assisted in the day to day operations, while keeping statistics and filming practices.

A native of Sparta, Tenn., Jolly earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Chattanooga in 2011.

Jolly comes from a rich basketball family as his sister, Kellie Harper, is a three-time national champion at Tennessee under hall-of-fame coach Pat Summitt and currently serves as head coach at Missouri State. His brother, Brent, is a former assistant coach with the men's program at Chattanooga.

Follow Coach Jolly on Twitter: @CoachJolly

Director of Basketball Operations
Joey O'Toole

Joey O’Toole was elevated to director of women’s basketball operations for the 2015-16 season after serving as Radford’s video coordinator for one year.

In his new role, O’Toole will oversee the daily operations of the Radford women’s basketball program, including the logistics of budget, game-day management, coordination of managers’ duties, team travel arrangements, equipment coordination and creative video.

O’Toole is no stranger to the New River Valley, having attended Virginia Tech from 2006-2011. During that time, O’Toole earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In addition to his academics, O’Toole took time out of his schedule to assist the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team as a practice player.

His passion for coaching basketball only grew, which eventually led to him serving as a youth basketball head coach in Henrico, Va., and as an assistant basketball coach at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va.

What They’re Saying About Mike McGuire…

“I am truly excited for Mike. Mike has proven over his career to be a very capable coach, but more importantly, a humble winner. In Mike’s five years at Richmond, we have experienced five-straight years of postseason play. That is not a coincidence. Radford is getting a tireless worker, a great basketball mind, a very good recruiter and an even better person. I look for Radford to immediately benefit from Mike’s leadership as he will bring credibility and a winning attitude to its program. I have been honored to work with Mike and feel fortunate to call him a friend.  This is the right move, going back to the area where he is from and it is time for Mike to have his own program. Radford made a great choice!”

Michael Shafer

University of Richmond

Head Women’s Basketball Coach