Last spring, Waterman completed a five-year stint as a player for the Buckeyes after a decorated four seasons at Fairmont that included three trips to the state final four and a state championship.
The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior in Scarlet and Gray, her most productive season after battling various injuries much of her first four years on campus, including a torn ACL that forced her to redshirt her first season.
“Makayla had a tremendous impact on the court as a player and I’m excited for her as she begins her coaching career,” McGuff said in a statement. “She brings a different dimension to our staff and will certainly help our young players as they acclimate themselves into our program.”
The granddaughter of former Ohio State men’s basketball assistant coach Ben Waterman, the Big Ten’s first African-American assistant coach, she expressed an interest in the profession last fall.
“It would be great if I could someday coach here because I know he would want me to,” she said. “My whole family is coaches. It was like someone in the family has to coach, so I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’ Like I said, I like to lead, I like to talk.”
McGuff, a Hamilton native who starred at Badin, also announced the hiring of Carla Morrow as an assistant, Ericka Haney as direct of player development and Reid Guzdanski as assistant to the head coach.
Morrow, who coached for McGuff at Xavier from 2007-11, spent the past three seasons as an assistant to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA.