BYU women's basketball: Jeff Judkins, a star with the Utes, has made his mark at BYU with recruiting

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 19, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    I remember when Juddy played. He was a very well rounded player but he was a defensive specialist. Maybe he could give the Men's team a few tips?

    With all the coaching talent BYU has lost to the U, it's nice to get a little payback once in awhile.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    I'd love to see Juddy move to the men's side of BYU's b-ball coaching ledger. I'm really impressed with him and what he does. With his U and NBA experience he'd draw some kids to BYU that ordinarily might not sign on. I know the two games are different (women vs. men), but he played at the highest level, and assisted one of the best X & O guys in the business (RM). I think it would be a great signal to send a guy who has done a terrific job on the women's side. I get it that he might not fit with Rose, but I don't think Dave will be here forever (though I hope he is). Food for thought...

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    I believe coach Judkins is a fine man and a great coach. It is very clear when you watch how much the young ladies love and respect him. BYU is very fortunate to have him. Hopefully, we won't loose him.

  • selway Paul, Idaho
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Thanks for the current information. I was told at that time the ACC averaged that high of attendence. I remember a game at Arizona where the stands were half full a night after the Wildcats boys first game of the season when they were Number 1 that same season with the average age in the 60's. I though that is the demographic for girls basketball as it was in Arkansas. We have the same thing here at CSI. Glad to hear BYU has doubled their attendance but that is still pretty weak compared to the competition.

    Jan. 19, 2012 11:26 a.m.


    You are so right, have to blame the fat man for that. Hopefully we can get him back someday but that won't happen until Chris Hill is gone.

  • custer Boise, ID
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    selway - you make a good point about attendance as a factor in recruiting, but you are a little loose with your facts. BYU's women's basketball average attendance per game is nearly 900, not 400. Basketball fans in Arkansas aren't jamming the stands there either, with 1,886 average attendance last year at women's games. Also, only two ACC teams average 4 to 5,000 fans--Duke and Maryland. The other ACC teams are 3000 or below. Wake Forest averages only 687 per game. For most schools it is a struggle to fill the seats for women's basketball, but attendance is rising. I think the key is to attract women fans to support the teams. Big kudos to Jeff Judkins for the great job he is doing.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    nottyou: You are so right! Letting Juddy go at the U is one of the dumbest things they have ever done. But a few years back Juddy had a few very harsh words for the "people on the hill" and how "they only think about basketball and not life" among other things. If you follow womens basketball you know that things between him and Elaine were not to pleasant at times. I personally think that Juddy has burned to many bridges with the powers that be on the hill and therefore BYU fans do not need to ever worry about him going back there. (Maybe he wouldn't want to go back anyway!) It is refreshing to have him at BYU and it made up for the dumb decision the powers that be at the Y made concerning the old long time coach Michales (?) Juddy is a great guy and he will become as well known at byu as he is at UTAH

  • selway Paul, Idaho
    Jan. 19, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    The biggest thing holding back the girls from being a top tier program is the demographics of the fan base. They simply do not draw any fans. The ACC girls averages 4-5000 fans a game and BYU under 400. The mom and pops in the other demographics elect to go to the games as a form of entertainment and as a social event and to support the girls. I remember going to an Arkansas game fifteen years ago when my daughter was playing and talking to fans there it was a big thing to attend the girls games as it was very expensive to see the boys play. That is Juddy's biggest impediment to entice a top recruit to BYU.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    Every time a true Ute fan reads about Jeff Judkins being a Cougar, it is like a dagger to their heart. This is one quality individual that the Utes let slip away. Too bad, so sad. Cougar fans everywhere love Judkins!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Talk about a guy who has kept a great attitude even though he probably didn't get the job he really wanted. Then again, sometimes life takes unexpected turns and takes us to places we were "meant" to be.

    Good job, Juddy! I think you have the respect of an entire state.

  • voiceofthepeople Lehi, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    I've known the Jeff and the Judkins family for 30 years. Jeff Judkins is one of the most selfless individuals I've known, with a massive track record of silently helping those around him. He's a great husband, fantastic father, top tier coach, and elite human being. Congrats on all of your successes! They're all deserved, with more to come.

  • mdemann Murray, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    Judkins is an Awesome individual. I have had several chance encouters with him. He is very genuine and cares about people. He was the Guest speaker at a Father's and Son's outing I was attending. He seaks out my young boys to talk to them. He finds out I coach youth sports and deal with HS girls and stood there for the next 10 minute giving me advice about how I can help these young ladies. None of it had to do with the sport, but instead with the individual. The sport will follow. It has been great advice.

    When he was let go at Utah, I told my friends the program would fold with in 5 years with out him and Majerus would be gone. It only took 3 years. I cringe each time Utah fires a coach. If they were smart they would be coming back for Judkins. For my sake I hope they do not. I love Judkins being at BYU. I also recognize he is the kind of guy who would right the ship at Utah.

    Thanks coach for all you do!!

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    Judkins is an all-around class act...a quality person on all levels. His integrity and genuineness is probably why he is such a good recruiter. And he has the ability to create good situations for the players he recruits into his program.

    I personally thought he would have made a good head coach at the U of U for the men's basketball team. One thing is for sure, Judkins has done a great job with the BYU women's team.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    Many peole in Tenn volenteered to see their Lady Vols play. Oh, not really. I remember Lady Cougars beat Iowa State how many years ago and made it to sweet 16 at Iowa Regioanl (or midwest), it was fun to watch and they played hard.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 19, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    When the men's team plays in the Marriot Center, there is hardly a seat left unoccupied but when the women play there, most of the seats are empty. I wonder why?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 19, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    BYU is not a one or two sport university, like so many others. That is why BYU dominated the MWC in conference championships. Although football and men's basketball get more media attention, sports like women's basketball, volleyball, track, baseball, soccer and golf are equally important to a well balanced athletic program. It's great to have someone like Judkins onboard!

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    I have been a BYU Women's hoops fan for the better part of three decades (and even dated one of the Head Coaches a few years ago).

    Judkins is a great coach and an even better person. I love the way his team is playing, I am impressed with his recruiting and the character of his players, and I thoroughly enjoy watching the games on BYUtv.

    I hope the team wins this year's WCC Championship. They work hard. They have the talent. They are a ton of fun to watch! (And they're sure lovely ladies!)

    This old Grandpa enjoys Judkins and his team! In fact, I think they play better defense than the men!