September 25, 2019

McGuff Announces Staff Additions and Reorganization


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach Kevin McGuff announced on Wednesday that Carla Morrow has been hired as an assistant coach to complete his coaching staff. He also announced that Ericka Haney will be the Director of Player Development, Reid Guzdanski will be the Assistant to the Head Coach and Makayla Waterman will be a graduate student manager.

Morrow comes to Ohio State after spending the last three seasons with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky as an assistant coach.

“I’m extremely excited to add Carla to our program,” said McGuff. “Her basketball acumen and ability to build relationships with our players will be extremely impactful.”

Morrow joins McGuff’s staff for a second time as she also served as an assistant coach with him for four seasons at Xavier from 2007-11. In all, Morrow was with the Xavier program for 10 years, helping compile a 184-128 overall record and an 87-59 mark in conference action. The Musketeers also captured six A-10 Championships and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments highlighted by an Elite Eight appearance with McGuff in 2010.

She began her three-year stint with the Chicago Sky in April of 2017. While on staff, she and the Sky went 45-57, which included a 20-14 record this past season and a playoff appearance. Morrow also helped with the development of Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot who were all named to the All-Star team in 2019.

Morrow also spent time at both Missouri State and Colorado as the Director of Operations prior to beginning her stint at Xavier.

Haney, Guzdanski and Waterman have all been with the program in recent years and are taking on new roles.

“Ericka and Reid have been instrumental for our program the last two years and these new positions more accurately reflect their roles and responsibilities,” McGuff said. “Makayla had a tremendous impact on the court as a player and I’m excited for her as she begins her coaching career. She brings a different dimension to our staff and will certainly help our young players as they acclimate themselves into our program.”

Haney is beginning her third season at Ohio State. She was the special assistant to the head coach the previous two seasons but this summer, she has taken a larger role in player development and implemented the Real Women Wednesdays program. The program allowed the student-athletes to meet and learn from a number of the top women professionals in Central Ohio. She will continue to provide and arranging professional development and community service opportunities as well as provide academic support, oversight and mentoring.

Guzdanski served as the Administrative Assistant the last two years after serving as the Video Coordinator for the women’s basketball program at New Mexico in 2016-17. This will be Guzdanski’s sixth season overall with McGuff and the Buckeyes. He was a student manager in 2013-14 while finishing his undergraduate degree and then enrolled in the sport management graduate program and served as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for the team from 2014-16.

Waterman was a part of McGuff’s first full recruiting class that was ranked No. 2 in the country. After an injury forced her to miss her first season in 2014-15, she played in 125 games over the next four years. Last season was not only her best on the court but it also may be been a precursor to her coaching career. Of the 10 players on the roster last year, seven were new to the program and she was the most experienced returner. Her leadership and coaching on and off the court was key in bringing all of the new pieces together.