Mike McGuire has become a household name in the New River Valley thanks to his success on the court, his involvement in the community and his reputation as a man of great character. His time at Radford has been full of joyous moments and unforgettable seasons.
With an overall record of 116-75 (.607) at Radford, McGuire owns the third-best winning percentage of any coach in program history. He has gone 78-36 (.684) in Big South play and has led the Highlanders to two Big South regular season championships. Over the last three seasons alone, Radford is 74-25, the best three-year stretch in program history and has an impressive 40-2 record inside the Dedmon Center over that time span.
Now entering his seventh season at the helm of the Radford women’s basketball program after taking the position on April 24, 2013, he is widely recognized as one of the up-and-coming head coaches in the nation. McGuire quickly laid a solid foundation when he arrived at Radford and has successfully seen his vision come to fruition.
McGuire has been recognized three times as the Big South Coach of the Year (2015, 2018, 2019), making him the first coach in program history to achieve the feat. His hard work and dedication to the program have been on display day-in and day-out for many years, proving that no one could be more deserving of that recognition.
Under his direction, 15 Highlanders have been named All-Big South, three have earned VaSID All-State honors and the Highlanders earned their first ever Big South Conference Sportsmanship Award following the 2018-19 season. The program has also excelled like never before in the classroom, earning an APR score of 1,000 across the last four years.
Radford put together one of the greatest campaigns in school history in 2018-19, going 26-6 overall and 17-1 in Big South play to clinch the regular season title and the top seed in the Big South Tournament. McGuire and the Highlanders would go on to win the Big South Championship and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 23 years. Another impressive feat was the 2018-19 team earned a spot in the final College Insider Mid-Major Poll, coming in at No. 25.
During non-conference play, Radford took down Temple, VCU and Virginia to become battle-tested for life in the Big South. It was then that the Highlanders really shined, going on an 18-game winning streak to close out the regular season and tear through postseason play. A 15-1 record inside the Dedmon Center treated fans to a near-perfect performance at home.
Destinee Walker and Lydia Rivers were voted First Team All-Big South, Sydney Nunley and Khiana Johnson made the Second Team, and Jen Falconer was selected for the All-Academic Team. Walker also made an appearance on the VaSID Second Team All-State team.
The 2017-18 season saw McGuire lead Radford to its second straight 24-9 mark, compiling a 48-18 record over the last two seasons, which ranks as the best two-year mark in program history. The Highlanders finished with a 15-3 clip in Big South play, the 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, McGuire and the Highlanders made back-to-back WNIT appearances as part of a stretch that saw the team make the WNIT in three of four years. 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 during the span.
The Highlanders have made a habit out of upsetting Power Five opponents under McGuire. In his five completed seasons, Radford has topped the likes of Penn State and Wake Forest. Victories over regional rivals such as Appalachian State, VCU, UNCG, Davidson and others have also buoyed the Highlanders’ resume in recent years.
In his fourth season after taking over the reins of the women’s program, McGuire put together one of the most memorable seasons in program history during the 2016-17 campaign. McGuire 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.
McGuire is happily married to his wife, Nataleigh. The couple has three beautiful daughters named Harper, Ellie, and Reese, who have already proven to be some of Radford’s biggest fans.
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