Former University of Connecticut forward and three-time national champion Morgan Valley is a Husky again.
Only she's part of the Washington Huskies, as Washington head coach Mike Neighbors announced the hiring of Valley as an assistant coach on Wednesday.
"I am beyond excited to be joining the University of Washington women's basketball program," Valley said in a statement. "Coach Neighbors and his staff have built something very special, and I am honored to be a part of the rich Husky tradition."
Valley -- a native of Colchester, Vermont -- came to UConn after an All-American career at Rice Memorial High, which she led to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons as a junior and senior.
She played in 108 games during an injury-plagued career at UConn from 2000-04 and the Huskies won four Big East regular season championships, two Big East tournament titles, and three national championships while going to four NCAA Final Fours. The Huskies were 139-8 in that span.
"Morgan was one of the hardest working and smartest players we have had," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It's no coincidence that she has had success as a coach. UW is getting a great person who's driven, passionate and loyal. Morgan will have a tremendous impact on the Huskies program."
Valley began coaching immediately after completing her eligibility, serving as a student assistant at UConn. She then moved on to Holy Cross, Towson, New Hampshire, UMass and most recently Virginia Tech, where she spent the last three seasons.
"Morgan is one of the hardest working assistant coaches in the country," UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey said. "She has a passion for the game, a talent for player evaluation and loves recruiting. Most importantly, she is loyal and will be a great addition to the Washington Huskies staff."
Valley owns a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies from UConn.
Washington finished 23-10 overall and 11-7 in the Pac-12 a season ago. The Huskies received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament but lost to Miami (Florida) in the first round. Their top returning player is junior guard Kelsey Plum (22.6 ppg), who was a teammate of UConn's Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson on the United States Pan American Games team that won a silver medal last month.
"We challenge our players on a daily basis to surround themselves with 'championship people,' " Neighbors said. "We did just that with the addition of Morgan Valley to our program today. I have racked my brain trying to think of another assistant coach in the game that was a two-time high school All-American and won three NCAA championships.
"Morgan has worked tirelessly from a graduate assistant to every chair as a full time assistant at five Universities to break the stigma that great players can't become great coaches. Her experiences and relationships that she has developed in her 16 years in the game will be unique for our current and future student-athletes to learn from."