Wendy Schuller was hired as the seventh head coach in Eastern Washington University women’s basketball history prior to the 2001-02 season. The start of the 2019-20 season begins Schuller’s 19th season at the helm.
Eastern has advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament in 15 of Schuller’s 18 seasons as head coach, including the past nine campaigns. She also guided EWU to its first-ever bid to the WNIT following the 2009-10 season before taking the Eagles back to the prestigious invitational at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season and again in 2014-15. During the 2009-10 season, Schuller led the Eagles to its first-ever Big Sky regular-season title and she was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. In 2016-17, the Eagles advances to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational for the first time in program history.
Under Schuller’s tutelage, players have earned a total of 49 All-Big Sky awards while Julie Piper and Brianne Ryan received Big Sky Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She also coached Julie Page to the program’s first-ever Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honor in 2004. In 2013, Eagle Hayley Hodgins become the first player to earn Big Sky Freshman of the Year accolades in twenty years before her sister, Delaney Hodgins, earned the honor in 2015.
Schuller has also established EWU Women’s Basketball as one of the nation’s top academic programs in her time in Cheney. The Eagles have earned a spot on the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in 16 of Schuller’s 17 seasons in charge. Eastern has been among the top five academic teams in the country in eight of those 16 years, including the 2003-04 campaign when it led the nation with a 3.63 grade point average.
2018-19, 18th Season: The 13-20 overall record (9-11 in conference play) doesn’t show the historical season that Schuller led the Eagles to. After earning a No. 6 seed for the conference tournament, the Eagles upset Weber State, Idaho State and Northern Colorado all in thrilling fashion to advance to the first Big Sky Championship game in Schuller’s tenure, finishing as the runner ups to Portland State.
Violet Kapri Morrow became the 18th member of Eastern’s 1,000-point club and ended her career seventh on Eastern’s all-time scoring list with 1,357 points, earning Second-Team All-Big Sky honors. Freshman Grace Kirscher was named Honorable Mention while Uriah Howard earned the program’s first Top Reserve of the Year award. The Eagles finished the season ranked in the top-fifty nationally in three-point field goals per game with an average of 8.3.
2017-18, 17th Season: Schuller’s squad posted 12 wins in conference play for the sixth time in a row, the only Big Sky school to do so. Delaney Hodgins became Eastern Washington’s new all-time leading scorer on Feb. 1 and became the first male or female EWU basketball player to eclipse 2,000 points. She also set a new BSC single-game record with 46 points against Northern Arizona. She was named to the First-Team All-Big Sky while Violet Kapri Morrow was named to the third team after averaging 17.1 points per game during conference play. On Jan. 20, Schuller coached in her 500th game at home against Southern Utah and picked up career with No. 250 on the road against Montana, only the fifth time in program history a team has beaten the Griz in Montana.
2016-17, 16th Season: Schuller coached the Eagles to a 19-14 overall record during the 2016-17 season. EWU finished fourth in the Big Sky Conference standings and made it to the tournament for the seventh year in a row. Schuller led the team to their first-ever bid in the Women’s Basketball Invitational where they made it to the second round with a 66-62 overtime victory over Texas State. Schuller coached a trio of Eagles to All-Big Sky honors, as Delaney Hodgins (first team), Tisha Phillips (second team) and Ashli Payne (honorable mention) all earned conference recognition.
2015-16, 15th Season: Schuller led the team to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference, its best finish since 2009-10 when they finished first. After posting a 20-12 overall record, the Eagles returned to the Big Sky Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. Schuller coached Hayley and Delaney Hodgins to All-Big Sky honors, with Hayley earning first team honors and Delaney receiving second team recognition.
2014-15, 14th Season: Schuller coached Lexie Nelson and Hodgins to All-Big Sky honors with Nelson receiving first team accolades while Hodgins earned honorable mention recognition. The Eagles returned to the Big Sky Tournament for the fifth consecutive year and landed nine student-athletes on the Big Sky All-Academic Team.