Skip to main content

June Brewer Daugherty


June Brewer Daugherty

June Brewer Daugherty

  • June Brewer Daugherty

Birthdate: August 11, 1956
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Westerville (Ohio) South High School (1974)
College: The Ohio State University (1974-1978)
Died: August 2, 2021
Year Inducted: 2020

June Brewer Daugherty has been a lifelong advocate for women’s basketball and as a coach has amassed well over 400 wins at the Division I level. The central Ohio native and proud Buckeye has been a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and its Board of Directors. She also has been very active with USA Basketball and for years has served as a clinician for events associated with the NCAA Final Four.

As a coach, Daugherty led the University of Washington to 10 postseason appearances in 11 years (seven NCAA Tournament showing and three trips to the WNIT), including the 2001 run to the Elite Eight. UW also won the Pac-10 regular-season title that year. Perhaps her most impressive statistic as a coach is that 100 percent of her Huskie student-athletes completed their college education and received their degrees.

As a player, Daugherty was as reliable as they come. She started every game of her four-year career at Ohio State from 1974-78 and helped evolve the OSU program into the power it soon would become. Her freshman statistics are not documented but Daugherty still ranks among the top 25 scorers in program history with more than 1,000 points and 800-plus rebounds. She once blocked 12 shots in a 1976 battle with league foe Michigan State. As a junior and senior, Daugherty – then known as June Brewer – led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship in 1977 and ’78. She was also team captain in 1978.

Following her senior year, she was named first-team All-American and was a Wade Trophy finalist in the first year of that award’s existence. In 2001, Daugherty was honored by her alma maters with her induction into the Westerville South Wildcat Hall of Fame and OSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

After her collegiate career, she played professionally as a member of the Union Sportive Vierzon Basketball Club from 1978 to 1982 in Vierzon, France.

Daugherty began her coaching career as an assistant at Kent State in 1983. She then joined forces with Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer at Stanford in 1985. Four years later, she became a head coach at Boise State, staying in Idaho through 1996. She led the Broncos to the Big Sky championship in 1992 and ’94 and was named Conference Coach of the Year in 1992.

That was followed by an 11-year stint at Washington (1996-2007) and eleven years at rival Washington State. She retired with a career head coaching mark of 443-431, which included a record of 191-131 (113-85 in the Pac-10) at UW.

June Brewer Daugherty was a spokesperson for the Heart Hope Institute and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. She and her husband, Mike Daugherty, have twin children: Doc and Breanne. June died on August 2, 2021 at the age of 64.