Xavier women's basketball coach Amy Waugh resigned on Oct.9, after two difficult seasons trying to rebuild the Musketeers program.
Xavier went 21-36, including 13-16 last year, during Waugh's two seasons. She played for the Muskateers from 1999-2003 and then returned as an assistant coach to Kevin McGuff in 2009.
Waugh took over the program when McGuff left for Washington following the 2010-11 season. The Musketeers, who went 8-20 in 2011-12, returned only one starter from a team that lost to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
'I have been wrestling with this decision through the summer,'' Waugh said in a statement. ''There is no perfect timing, but with practice getting started and our fall break on campus, this was the time to make my decision. I frankly need to hit the pause button and will use the season to focus on my future.''
Brian Neal, in his third year as an assistant, was elevated to interim head coach on Wednesday. Neal was head coach for seven seasons at Thomas More in Cincinnati before joining Waugh's staff.
''This was a difficult decision for Amy and I wish her the best going forward,'' athletics director Greg Christopher said. ''Amy has been a big part of Xavier women's basketball as both a player and coach. She walked into a challenging situation and has worked hard to rebuild the program for future success.''
Xavier returns five letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team, including senior guards Ashley Wanninger and Shatyra Hawkes. Wanninger averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while Hawkes averaged 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists last year.