Yale names Princeton assistant Dalila Eshe as new women’s basketball coach

New Yale women's basketball coach Dalila Eshe.

New Yale women's basketball coach Dalila Eshe.

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Yale has named Princeton assistant coach Dalila Eshe as the new women’s basketball coach.

Eshe replaces Allison Guth, who left to become coach at Loyola Chicago. Guth spent seven years at Yale coach.

Eshe has spent the past three years on Carla Berube’s staff at Princeton. She was assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for a team ranked 24th in the country while winning the Ivy League title last year. The Tigers upset Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

She has also coached at LaSalle, East Carolina, and began as Director of Operations at Loyola Maryland.

As a player, Eshe was All-SEC for Florida in 2006. She was a second-round draft pick of the Seattle Storm in 2006 and spent time with the Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Dalila lead our women’s basketball program,” Yale athletic director Vicky Chun said in a statement. “She comes to us with a wealth of experience as a former student-athlete, professional athlete and coach from the highest levels of basketball. Dalila is a proven winner and her commitment to the student-athlete experience, and development of young women was clear in the interview process.

“Her success in recruiting and player development make her a perfect fit to be our next head coach. We welcome Dalila, her wife Way Veney, and their children, Wray Lee and Wren Rose to New Haven.”

Eshe, a Tallahassee Fla., native, also played in Romania, Turkey, Russia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Taiwan and Portugal from 2006 to 2014.

Yale was 16-11 last season, qualifying for the Ivy League Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Bulldogs lost to Columbia in the semifinals of the league tournament.