McGee was the winningest head girls basketball coach in the history of the Michigan High School Athletics Association up until 2010 and served five years as an assistant coach with the Central Michigan women's basketball program.
At CMU from 2007-2012, McGee's responsibilities included recruiting, player development,
scouting and alumnae relations. On the court she worked primarily with
the post players, having developed four All-Mid-American Conference selections during her tenure.
McGee was part of a coaching staff that in 2011-12 led CMU to its fourth trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals in as many seasons, its second-straight semifinal and its first trip to the championship game since 1991.
The Chippewas put together their fifth 20-win campaign in program history and received an at-large bid to the WNIT for the second straight season, the program's fourth postseason berth.
She worked closely with Kaihla Szunko, who became the first player in MAC history to finish with 1,000 career points and rebounds, and at least 200 career steals. McGee has helped Szunko and Brinti Houghton both climb into the program's top-10 in career scoring during her time on the bench.
McGee came to CMU from Flint Powers Catholic High School where she had been the girls basketball coach since 1976 and is just shy of 600 career wins with an all-time record of 599-153 (.797). She was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008 and the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the summer of 2011.
“Kathy knows what it takes to build a championship program,” CMU head coach Sue Guevara said. “She is a proven winner who has done an exceptional job developing quality student-athletes during her coaching career. She has a great deal of experience and knowledge about the game and is also a great teacher.”
McGee led the Chargers to four state titles, four runner-up finishes, 13 final fours, 13 regional championships, 20 district championships and 18 league titles. Her teams hold the state records for most consecutive regional titles (10) and district crowns (19). She was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National High School Basketball Coach of the Year in 2002 and received the same honor in 2001 from the National Federation of High School Coaches.
She also served as a high school teacher at Powers for 19 years and was the athletics director there for 11 years (1992-03). She worked as the school’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations from 2003-06.
From 2000-05, McGee served on the Michigan High School Athletic Association Representative Council and was the lone high school coach on the WBCA Board of Directors from 1989-95. She was also the first female president of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (1993-95).
In 2002, McGee was inducted into both the Basketball Coaches of Michigan Hall of Fame and the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame. She received the MHSAA’s Women in Sport Leadership award in 1999 and was selected to serve as an assistant coach for USA Basketball in the 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow.
The Elkton, Mich., native has sent multiple players to the college ranks including former CMU standout Ann Skufca, a two-time honorable mention All-Mid-American Conference selection. McGee also coached former Michigan State star Victoria Lucas-Perry and Western Michigan’s Kelly Koerber, both all-conference performers at their respective schools.
McGee is a Chippewa alumna, having received both her bachelor of arts degree in secondary education (1973) and master’s degree in secondary school administration (1988) from CMU.
|The McGee File
||Flint Powers Catholic High School (Flint, Mich.)
||Central Michigan University