|Alma Mater:||Washington State, 2009|
Ashley Gill (formerly Grover) completed her eighth year working on the Washington State women’s basketball staff and enters her fifth season as an assistant coach after spending the previous two seasons as the team’s video coordinator and two years prior as a team manager.
A large contributor to Washington State’s recruiting efforts, Gill was crucial in the signing of four student-athletes for the 2020 class, including the program’s first five-star rated player in Hawaiian guard Chanelle Molina. Gill is often responsible for the ‘Pacific pipeline’ to Pullman, adding recruits from Australia and Hawaii annually. In addition to Molina, the Cougars added fellow Hawaiian Cameron Fernandez, California native Kayla Washington, and Serbian forward Jovana Subasic.
During the 2015-16 season, the Cougars three freshmen helped WSU to its best start since the 1989-90 season, going 9-2 in nonconference play. Freshman Borislava Hristova broke five WSU freshman records in her first season and became the leading freshman scorer in school history. The Cougars also received significant playing time from fellow freshmen Maria Kostourkova and Alexys Swedlund.
Gill was also crucial in the signing of a pair of Australian players for the 2019 class, bringing in Melbourne native Louise Brown and Gold Coast resident Krystle McKenzie. Brown, along with classmate Pinelopi Pavlopoulou made an instant impact during the 2014-15 season. Brown owned seven double-digit rebound games, seven multiple-block performances, tied for the team-lead in blocks (29) and was second in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Pavlopoulou played valuable minutes behind point guard Dawnyelle Awa, scoring eight points and grabbing six boards in the win over Dayton and connected on three 3-pointers in a near-upset against No. 15 Stanford. Bianca Blanaru, another recruit from 2018 class, set a WSU single-game freshman record with five blocks against Idaho State.
In 2013-14, Gill helped the Cougars produce one of the best campaigns in program history, earning a trip to the WNIT, the program’s first postseason appearance since 1991, and posted 17 wins, the most since 1995-96. WSU also notched four wins over ranked teams, including a road victory against No. 10 Nebraska and later went on to post nine conference games for the first time since 1994-95. Guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Team, becoming the first pair of Cougar teammates to earn all-conference honors in the same season in program history. The Cougars received some national recognition late in the year, receiving votes in the Top-25 USA Today Coaches’ Poll following the Pac-12 Tournament, becoming the first WSU team to be mentioned in a poll since the 1990-91 season.
In Gill’s first season on the coaching staff, the Cougars advanced to the Pac-12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals for the second straight season, beating Arizona State in the opening round before falling to top-seeded Stanford. WSU produced some notable wins while playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, beating No. 20 Ohio State, posting a road victory over regional rival Gonzaga and sweeping the season series with Arizona State. The Cougars, which contained a roster with six freshmen and three sophomores, also posted a four-game winning streak during Pac-12 play and finished the year with a program record for blocks in a season with 114.
Gill earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in sport management from Washington State in 2009 and recently earned her master’s degree in sport management from WSU.
Gill attended Mountlake Terrace High School in Brier, Wash. and was a four-year letterwinner in basketball, serving as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She also earned three letters in both volleyball and in track. Gill is married to her husband, Trevor.