ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has announced the hiring of Kristy Guffey as an assistant coach. Guffey, who comes to Saint Louis after a head-coaching stint at Lee’s Summit West High School, will serve as the Billikens’ recruiting coordinator and will assist with daily practice planning, scouting and game preparation.

“It is my pleasure to announce the addition of Kristy Guffey to the Billiken staff,” Stone said. “While Kristy is new to my staff, she is not new to women’s college basketball. She is extremely well-connected throughout the country and is known as a relentless recruiter, one of the best in the business.

“In addition to her great recruiting connections, Kristy brings experience, knowledge of the game, energy, excitement and a desire to succeed,” Stone said. “She shares my vision for building a championship program at SLU, and I am blessed to have her by my side.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Lisa Stone,” Guffey said. “She is highly respected across the country, and her energy and passion are delivered every single day to everyone around her. Coach Stone's desire to facilitate growth in the whole person is one of her greatest assets for young people today. 

“I feel blessed to be a part of the SLU family,” Guffey said. “The support from the administration and the community is outstanding, the facilities are among the best in the country, and the campus radiates beauty year round. I believe great things are in store for SLU women's basketball.”

Prior to coaching at Lee’s Summit West last season, Guffey spent four years as an assistant coach at Wichita State. Serving as the Shockers’ recruiting coordinator, she signed a first-year class of four freshmen and four transfers that was ranked 42nd in the nation. On the court, Guffey was responsible for the development of the Shockers’ post players.

Guffey signed players who earned Missouri Valley All-Conference, Defensive Player of the Year and All-Freshman accolades. She helped Wichita State make three consecutive postseason appearances (2010 WBI, 2011 and 2012 WNIT); the Shockers captured their first-ever postseason victory in the 2010 WBI.

Also during Guffey’s tenure, Wichita State garnered the first Mid-Major Top 25 national ranking in program history, set a school record for home wins, registered the program’s highest MVC victory total in more than a decade, and earned a place on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

In one season as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Missouri State, Guffey signed players who would go on to collect MVC Player of the Year plaudits in 2010 and the league’s Freshman of the Year recognition in 2008.

Guffey’s experience also includes three years each as head coach at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Notre Dame de Sion College Prep in Kansas City, Mo. Guffey’s teams at both schools set program marks for winning percentage, and her Notre Dame de Sion squad won consecutive state championships. She was selected 2000-01 Missouri High School Basketball Coach of the Year.

Guffey is a 1997 graduate of Missouri Valley College, earning a bachelor’s degree in education. She was a four-year basketball letter winner for the Vikings. Guffey also holds a master’s degree in education from Mid-America Nazarene University (2000).