"This was a very difficult decision. I believe the foundation of young players is in place for a bright future, but at the same time the progress of our program was not where I had hoped it would be after five full seasons as head coach. In the long run, I felt it was in the best interest of the program to resign at this time," Windlin-Jansen said. "I have enjoyed my years at Gonzaga and wish nothing but the best for the future of this program."
Windlin-Jansen joined the Bulldogs as an assistant on former head coach Sean Madden's staff in 1996. When Madden resigned with eight matches remaining in the season, she was named the interim head coach. The Bulldogs went 5-3 the remainder of the season, finished 6-8 for fifth place in the West Coast Conference and the interim title was removed following the season.
The Bulldogs finished 9-17 overall, 5-9 and fifth place in the West Coast Conference this season. Windlin-Jansen is 42-113 in her six seasons, including the partial season of '96, and has gone 21-57 in WCC play. Gonzaga has not finished in the WCC upper division, nor defeated an upper-division team, in Windlin-Jansen's five full seasons at the helm.
"I know it was a tough decision for Eva and I respect what she has done. It is never easy for any coach to step down when you believe you have not accomplished all of your goals. Nobody wants this program to succeed more than Eva," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "Eva and her staff have done some positive things in their attempt to return this program to the high level it enjoyed in previous years. I don't think there's anyone in our department or on this campus that wanted to see this situation arise. We wish Eva and her family the best in their future endeavors."
Roth said assistant coach Greg Poitras will remain with the program until a new coach is hired, and assistant coach Lucie Vratnickova will remain with the program through the end of the academic year.
"It will be up to the new coach if he or she wants to retain Greg or bring in a new assistant. Lucie will continue her academic studies and remain with the program through the end of the academic year," Roth said.
A national search is currently underway, and Roth said he hopes to have a new coach in place by Jan. 1 if not sooner.
"Obviously we want to act quickly on this position, but at the same time we want to make certain we are filling the position with the best available candidate. Whomever we hire needs the spring season to work with the team and get ready for the fall," Roth said.