MILWAUKEE — The Marquette women’s basketball team announced the addition of Jonathan Tsipis to their roster Monday morning. Tsipis, who most recently spent five seasons coaching the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, joins MU as a scouting and analysis consultant.
Tsipis brings a wealth of experience to the program with over 25 years of coaching experience, including nine years as a head coach at Division I level. Prior to his time at Wisconsin (2016-21), he served as head coach at George Washington. from 2012-16. At Marquette, his roles will include advanced scouting, team and opponent analysis, working closely with the technical team on game plans and video breakdowns.
“We are excited to welcome Jonathan and his family to Marquette. His experience and basketball knowledge will be a great addition to our program,” said Marquette’s coach. Megan Duffy. “Jonathan and I created great memories together during our time at Notre Dame and how we helped rebuild George Washington to a champion level years ago. We look forward to seeing him make a positive impact on our student-athletes here at Marquette.”
At Wisconsin, he coached players to eight Big Ten titles during his five seasons in charge, including 1,000-point scorers Marsha Howard and Cayla McMorris. He also coached the Badgers to their best result in nearly a decade in 2018-19 and helped the team advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2013.
While at George Washington, Tsipis helped transform the colonials into a national power. Taking on a show that went 11-18 the year before he arrived, GW went 92-38 in four seasons with Tsipis at the helm. In his final two seasons there, the team had a 55-11 record with A-10 titles and NCAA Tournament appearances each year. In 2014-15, Tsipis was named the A-10 Coach of the Year after seeing the Colonials reach 19th place in national polls. He also coached and helped develop two-time All-American honorable mention and 2016 WNBA first-round pick Jonquel Jones.
From 2012–14, Tsipis and Duffy worked side by side under George Washington as head coach and associate coach, respectively, a relationship that began during Duffy’s playing days at Notre Dame.
Working with Hall of Fame head coach Muffett McGraw at Notre Dame from 2003 to 2012, Tsipis has become one of the top assistant coaches in the country. In 2008, he was promoted to associate coach and recruitment coordinator, and that same year he was named BasketballScoop.com’s Assistant National Coach of the Year. In his nine seasons with the Fighting Irish, the team has compiled an overall record of 228–77 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year, including five Sweet 16 appearances and runners-up nationals during its final two seasons.
Tsipis started out in the coaching world with various positions in men’s basketball. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, he served as director of men’s basketball operations at UNC-Greensboro (2002-03), assistant men’s basketball coach at Elon (2000-02), Le Moyne College (1999-2000) and Cornell (1996-99), and assistant to Duke’s undergraduate men’s basketball team (1995-96).
A native of Hinckley, Ohio, Tsipis graduated from North Carolina in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He and his wife Leigh are the parents of two children, Emily and Joshua.