Home candy dwelling could also be a cliché however Allison Guth will definitely inform you how true it’s.
In reality, she calls it ‘sort of a dream come true’.
The former Yale University head ladies’s basketball coach is coming again dwelling to her Chicagoland roots after being named the tenth head ladies’s basketball coach at Loyola University.
“I just miss life in Chicago,” mentioned Guth, who helped lead Buffalo Grove to the 2000 Class 2A ladies basketball championship below corridor of fame coach Tom Dineen. “I am beyond thrilled.”
Just like she was that day some 22 years in the past when she scored 7 of her group’s 11 factors in additional time to assist lead the Bison to a surprising 60-51 victory over Washington within the state title recreation at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
“Those girls are my family and that team is still one of the most proud moments in my relationships,” Guth mentioned. “We are still a family. I can’t wait to see them when we all get together to celebrate our 40th birthdays this year at a lake house. We’ve all made time so that we can be going without partners, without kids, husbands, wives or whoever. We’ve been texting back and forth and it just feels like such a dream. I feel like the luckiest kid in the world.”
Guth, who gained 99 video games in her seven years at Yale, feels lucky simply to have the ability to be teaching.
“There are very few jobs which combine purpose, people, place and passion and this one checks all the boxes for me,” mentioned Guth, who was working at a fortune 5 firm in Colorado earlier than touchdown her first faculty teaching job at Loyola in 2005 when Shannon Reidy introduced her on the workers.
“Honestly getting that opportunity to work for Shannon Riedy, one of the most talented high school coaches when she built the Marian Catholic High School program, was incredibly special. Being 21 years old and getting a job with Shannon and Loyola taking a chance on me was incredibly special. I’m forever grateful to be able to get my feet wet under Shannon’s program.”
Little did she know, after working almost a handful of different teaching jobs, sooner or later she’d return to the Lake Shore campus the place all of it started, this time as the top coach.
“You’re never really thinking down the line that much,” she mentioned. “That’s why it is so surreal to me. It’s like an entire full circle second pondering that is the place I began and fell in love with faculty teaching after which getting to come back again dwelling to it and seeing the transformation. Just being on the campus has been fairly particular.
“This place is so special to me. It provided me with my first coaching job years ago and now my first opportunity as a head coach. I can’t wait to build relationships and obviously reconnect with people who mean a whole lot to me and are entrenched in the past and have a love for women’s basketball the way Chicago does and Loyola athletics. It’s just the right fit in terms of their core values and my core values.”
Not to say she did not love her day trip east.
“Yale is so incredibly special at a lot of levels. I think it’s the people I’m going to miss the most, the relationships with our team, administration, staff, neighbors and community. It is the place where I became a mom. My experience here helped transform my life. I’ve been super fortunate and proud to be associated with a place like Yale.”
And it was her many associations in Illinois helped Guth transfer ahead. She’s labored for DePaul (coach Doug Bruno) and Northwestern (Joe McKeon).
“I’ve been so fortunate to learn from great coaches like them,” she said. “They are winners and profitable in life. They do issues the appropriate method and you do not get the chance to study from this kind of folks too typically.
“Working for Doug in an off the floor role (Director of Basketball Operations) made all the difference in my life. I can’t tell you what it was like to learn from a mind like Doug’s and someone I respected so much as husband, father and just a human being. He really kind of shaped and molded a lot of my basketball philosophy and thoughts because he’s just the ultimate teacher.”
And now Guth will not want aircraft flights to traverse her previous stamping grounds within the Chicagoland to seek out recruits.
“And there have been the opposite nice folks there I bought to study from like DePaul’s athletic director (Jean Lenti Ponsetto) and Northwestern’s Jim Phillips (now the ACC commissioner). I feel these are causes I used to be capable of be on this place and was capable of sit down with Steve Watson (Loyola athletic director) and Holly Strauss O’Brien (Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator) to get this chance at a spot the place I actually have a ardour for and that I imagine in. Not solely has it had nice success prior to now however we will proceed to construct off that success, particularly in a time when this system is transferring to a brand new convention (Atlantic 10).
“I think I’ll be able to have more of a presence with coaches I respect and admire from the area,” mentioned Guth, whose sister Jen Buxton not too long ago stepped down as head coach at Elk Grove. “Obviously, I was really excited to support my sister’s high school journey the last few years so that’s a little bittersweet that she stepped away to be with her family but it’s still fun to reconnect. I had a chance to support coaches like (Stevenson’s) Ashley (Graham) Sandstead and (Barrington’s) Babbi Barreiro last September trying to get the Sophie Swansons, Simone Sawyers and Katy Eidles. The recent outpouring from the Chicago coaching circuit that I love so much has really been special.”
And, in fact, that outpouring consists of her circle of relatives.
“Allison’s star shines bright and the people privileged to work alongside her get to experience firsthand her unmatched energy and motivating spirit,” mentioned her sister Caroline Lainio. “It’s no secret she creates a sense of family wherever she goes but I can tell you her own family and friends are beyond thrilled about her wife Jess and sons Ray and Garvey’s return to Chitown. You can bet her cheering section will be packing the stands at the Gentile Center as Allison is poised to do amazing things with her new Loyola-Chicago family.”
Former Bison teammate and Hoffman Estates softball coach Lindsey Hamma is thrilled for Guth.
“This is truly awesome and well deserved,” mentioned Hamma, who like Guth, additionally attended the University of Illinois. “The Ramblers couldn’t ask for a better leader to help elevate their program. I am beyond elated for Guth and her family and so very proud of her.”