Golden Gopher Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Curtis Loyd
Curtis Loyd, a 15-year veteran of collegiate coaching with experience on staffs in the Mountain West, Pac-10, Atlantic Coast and Mid-American conferences, enters his fourth season with the Golden Gophers in 2013-14. After serving as an assistant coach for two seasons, Loyd was promoted to associate head coach in 2012.
Loyd serves as the team's defensive coordinator, while also overseeing player development, coaching the post players and serving as the program's academic liaison.
In three seasons on Borton's staff, Loyd has helped the Gophers' defense hold opponents to a .389 field goal percentage, which included a program-record .375 opponent field goal percentage during the 2011-12 season. Loyd has also upped Minnesota's shot-blocking numbers from 72 blocks in 2009-10, the year prior to his arrival, to 117 blocks in 2012-13, which was an improvement of 45 blocks.
Along with successfully guiding the team on the court, Loyd has also helped continue the tradition of the program's excellence in the classroom, as it has posted at least a 3.0 grade point average every year since 2002. The Gophers had five Academic All-Big Ten honorees in 2012-13 and earned Minnesota's Gladys Brooks Commitment to Academic Excellence Award at the Golden Goldys in 2012.
Loyd came to Minnesota after one season as the associate head coach at the University of Akron, where his primary responsibilities included working with the guards, opponent scouting, serving as the team's defensive and academic coordinator and overseeing junior college recruitment. Loyd also assisted with the overall recruitment efforts of the staff. The Zips posted an 18-14 overall record during 2009-10, including 11-5 in the Mid-American Conference, a vast improvement over 2008-09's 11-19 record, and advanced to the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI).
Prior to his stint at Akron, Loyd spent five years at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. During that time, the Cavaliers posted a 107-57 (.652) overall record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament three times (2009, 2008, 2005) and earning spots in the WNIT field in 2006 and 2007. In addition to his player development responsibilities, which included working with current Minnesota Lynx Monica Wright, Loyd's primary roles with the Cavaliers were recruiting, opponent scouting, on-court instruction and practice and game preparation.
Loyd spent six seasons at the University of Arizona before making the move to Charlottesville, and under his tutelage, the Wildcats established an aggressive inside game and positioned themselves as a basketball powerhouse. His primary responsibilities were the development of Arizona's post players. During his tenure, Loyd coached five All-Pac-10 posts, including two-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection Elizabeth Pickney and the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and two-time all-league selection Shawntinice Polk. Loyd also served as the program's film exchange coordinator, academic liaison and director of the Joan Bonvicini Hoop Camp.
Loyd went to Arizona in 1999 after two years as an assistant coach at Colorado State. During his first season there in 1997-98, he helped the Rams to a second-round berth in the NCAA Tournament and a 24-6 final record. In his second season at CSU, the Rams jump-started the year with a Preseason WNIT championship and kept the ball rolling throughout the season, earning national rankings as high as No. 5. They ended the year ranked No. 7 after making a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and garnering a school-record 33-3 mark. In Loyd's two-year tenure at Colorado State, he helped the Rams amass a 57-9 (.864) overall mark and also guided Becky Hammond to the WNBA.
Prior to his arrival at Colorado State, Loyd was an assistant coach at Fort Collins (Colo.) High School, which won its conference title in 1997. That followed on the heels of a three-year stint as a professional basketball player in Switzerland, where he received numerous awards and team accolades.
Loyd played two years of basketball for Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America and NJCAA All-Region Nine honors both seasons. Loyd was named the Region Nine Most Valuable Player in 1991 after averaging 22 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a sophomore.
In 1991, Loyd transferred to Southern Utah and helped the Thunderbirds to a 34-21 record during his two years there. After missing most of the 1992 season with a broken foot, he emerged as a starter in 1993, averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Loyd was also a member of the Southern Utah track team for one season.
Loyd earned degrees in physical education and sociology at Southern Utah in 1994. He received an associate's degree in physical education from Northeastern Junior College in 1991.
Loyd and his wife, Holly, have three children - daughters K-anna and Mia, and son, Hunter.