Jeff Judkins Staff Bio | Women's Basketball, Head Coach

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Jeff Judkins
Women's Basketball

Coaching Statistics

Judkins' Record - As BYU Women's Basketball Head Coach

Judkins Coaching Record      
School Yrs. Record Postseason
BYU 2001-02 24-9 NCAA Sweet 16
BYU  2002-03 19-12 NCAA 1st Round
BYU 2003-04 15-14 DNC
BYU 2004-05 19-11 WNIT 1st Round
BYU 2005-06 26-6   NCAA 2nd Round
BYU 2006-07 23-10 NCAA 1st Round
BYU 2007-08 13-16 DNC
BYU 2008-09 18-11 DNC
BYU 2009-10 23-10 WNIT Quarterfinals
BYU 2010-11 25-9 WNIT Third Round
BYU 2011-12 26-7 NCAA 1st Round
BYU 2012-13 23-11 WNIT Third Round

Head coach Jeff Judkins is in his 13th season at the helm of the BYU women’s basketball program.

Last season BYU went 23-11 overall while advancing to the third round of the WNIT before losing to conference foe Saint Mary's. It marked the fourth-straight season where the Cougars recorded 20-plus wins and advanced to postseason play. 

In the 2011-12 season the Cougar team compiled a 26-7, 12-4 record, winning its first ever West Coast Conference Championship title and earning a first round appearance in the NCAA tournament. In that first round matchup, BYU fell to De Paul 55-59. The 2011-12 campaign marked coach Judkins' sixth 20-plus win season with the 26 total wins tying for most victories in a year. In its first season as a member of the West Coast Conference, the team compiled a 12-4 record finishing tied for second place in the regular season. Senior Kristen Riley was named WCC Player of the Year with Haley Steed garnering the 2012 WCC MVP honor after the team defeated Gonzaga in the title matchup 78-66. Also named to the all-tournament team were teammates Jennifer Hamson and Dani Peterson. Riley and Steed were on the WCC All-Conference Team with Lexi Eaton picking up two awards, making the WCC All-Freshman Team and being named WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year. On Jan. 12 in the 80-56 home win over Pepperdine, coach Judkins picked up his 220th career win becoming the all-time winningest coach in BYU women's basketball hisotry. The Cougar team also made an apperance in the polls breaking in to the AP Top 25 with receiving its highest rank at No. 23. 

In the 2010-11 season the team recorded a 25-9, 15-1 record winning its third MWC regular season crown. And for the second straight year, competed in the WNIT postseason advancing to the third round before losing to runner-up USC. Coach Judkins also picked up his third MWC Coach of the Year accolade. Senior guard Mindy Bonham was named MWC Defensive Player of the Year while junior center Kristen Riley garnered the Sixth Player of the Year citation marking the second straight time that a BYU player received the honor.

During the 2009-10 campaign he guided the Cougars to a 23-10 overall record, marking his fourth 20-plus season, his third best during his tenure.  The team also finished second (11-5) in the MWC regular season race after being selected to finish fifth. During conference play, the team went 7-1 at home, and concluded the season with an 11-2 record in the Marriott Center.

Six players garnered 11 postseason MWC accolades. For the second straight year, junior Mindy Bonham was named to the All-MWC Second Team. She and teammate Jazmine Foreman were named to the All-Defensive Team. Junior Coriann Wood picked up the league’s first ever Sixth Player of they Year award. Wood added her second conference citation being named Honorable Mention All-MWC. Co-captain Haley Hall, and forward Kristen Riley were also Honorable Mention All-MWC.

For the fifth time, the BYU team participated in the postseason WNIT as the automatic qualifier from the MWC. The team had an impressive run in the tournament, advancing to the quarterfinal round (Elite Eight) before losing to eventual champion California. After a 62-58 home victory over Pepperdine, BYU embarked on a six-day, three game schedule where they grabbed victories over ASU, and league foe Wyoming. The postseason appearance was the 12th overall for the school.

Judkins and his staff also guided the Cougar team to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.
With the second youngest Division I women’s basketball roster, he guided the 2008-09 squad to an 18-11, 8-8/t-fifth record with junior Mindy Bonham (Nielson) garnering two MWC honors on the All-Conference Third Team and on the All-Defensive Team. Graduating seniors and co-captains Shawnee Slade and Cassie King were named Honorable Mention All-MWC. King was also named to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic District 8 University Second Team.

The Cougar team recorded back-to-back MWC Regular Season Titles in 2006 and 2007 with players Ambrosia Anderson and Dani Wright being named MWC Co-Players of the Year those same seasons.

During Judkins’ fifth season, the 2005-06 campaign, the Cougar squad compiled its best finish in school history with a 26-6 record, clinched its first MWC regular season title since 1992 and received a no. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament, the highest seed for any BYU program.

For the first time since the 2002-03 season, the 2005-06 squad and its 13-1 record to start the year, broke into the women’s basketball collegiate polls, ranked no. 23 by the AP Poll and the USA Today/ ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll. They would move up the poll to as high as 18 and 16 in the two respective polls, finishing the year at no. 20. In that same season Judkins picked up his 100th win, a 69-67 victory over CSU on Mar. 2, the same time the team clinched the league’s regular season title.

Under Judkins tutelage the women’s basketball program has had consistent success with four postseason appearances including three NCAA Championships, guiding the team to its first ever Sweet Sixteen finish in 2002. In 2005, the 19-11 team played in the first round of the WNIT.

Judkins has also coached two All-Americans in Erin Thorn and Ambrosia Anderson. Both have gone on to play in the WNBA. Thorn has been with the New York Liberty team for five years while Anderson completed one season with the Liberty team.

The longtime University of Utah coach and player came to Provo with a proven record of success dating back to his high school days at Highland High School in Salt Lake City. An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins went on to play for the University of Utah from 1974-78.

While playing at Utah, Judkins helped lead the Utes to one conference championship and two berths in the NCAA tournament. He was a second-team academic All-American and three-time District VII academic selection. He also earned three First Team All-WAC honors and was a member of the 1977 United States World Games team that captured the gold medal.

Judkins also played five years in the National Basketball Association for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz. He was a second-round pick of the Celtics in 1978, the same year the Celtics selected Larry Bird with the sixth pick overall.

After his NBA career, he returned to Utah in 1989 and was an instrumental part of the program’s success during his 10 years with the program, recruiting such players as Keith Van Horn, Andre Miller, Mike Doleac, Hanno Mottola, Alex Jensen, Trent Whiting, Garner Meads, Jeff Johnsen and Britton Johnsen.

Judkins, graduated from the University of Utah in 1978 with a degree in physical and health education.

He and his wife Mary Kaye are the parents of five children and four grandchildren.