Jody Wynn stays upbeat despite some early challenges as new UW women’s basketball coach

Wynn, who signed a six-year, $2.6 million deal that’ll pay her a base salary of $400,000 on April 14, has spent the summer getting acclimated to her new surroundings. There have been several surprises as well as a handful of setbacks.

Jody Wynn tells a story that’s familiar to many newcomers who settle in Seattle.

After a prolonged and exhaustive housing search, the new Washington women’s basketball coach thought she found the perfect place to call home.

It had everything. Relatively close to campus. A great neighborhood with a reputable school district for her two young girls.

And Wynn’s husband, Derek, particularly liked the fact that the house was somewhat reasonably priced.

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The couple made what Wynn called a competitive offer when reality smacked them in the face.

“Not even close,” she said laughing. “That’s when we realized that we were coming into the No. 1 housing market in America. We’re willing to fight. We’re competitors. But $200,000 over asking price. Arrggh! There’s a principle about that.

“It’s like taking my 11-year-old kid to her basketball game and paying $15 to park. It’s not that I can’t afford the $15 to park for her 40-minute basketball game. But $15 admittance to watch my 11-year-old play and $15 to park, I might as well go to Disneyland. There’s just the principle of it all that sits kind of differently with us. But I guess we may have to adjust.”

Wynn, who signed a six-year, $2.6 million deal that’ll pay her a base salary of $400,000 on April 14, has spent the summer getting acclimated to her new surroundings. There have been several new discoveries and surprises as well as a handful of setbacks.

Earlier this summer, the 43-year-old coach shared several stories about making the transition from Long Beach State, where she spent the previous eight seasons transforming the 49ers into a mid-major powerhouse.

For two months, Jody and Derek lived in a hotel near UW while their daughters Jada, a 12-year-old seventh-grader, and Kaeli, a 9-year-old third-grader, remained in Southern California to finish school under the supervision of Jody’s parents.

Jody and Derek flew to Seattle on Monday mornings and spent the week here before returning to California on Friday afternoon in time to pick the girls up from school.

“We’re trying to make it work without being settled,” Wynn said. “We’ve been…

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