George Washington introduced Jonathan Tsipis as its new women’s basketball coach on Friday afternoon at a reception overlooking the Smith Center court that for years was home to a nationally recognized program.
Tsipis, who called this opportunity “a dream come true,” will try to push the Colonials back to those heights and perhaps beyond in his first head coaching position following a distinguished nine-year run as an assistant at Notre Dame.
“This isn’t a question of being good in a couple of years,” said Tsipis, 39, regarded among his peers as one of the most promising young basketball coaches in the country. “I’m not ready to wait. I’m ready to get this thing going. We’ve been good at Notre Dame, and George Washington is a place where we need to be good.”
The Colonials were among the winningest teams in the area under former coach Joe McKeown, who directed GW’s ascension to the national landscape with 15 trips to the NCAA tournament, four berths in the regional semifinals and one appearance in the region final during nearly two decades.