New Storm Assistant Coach Jenny Boucek Moves West

On Feb. 21, new Storm Head Coach Anne Donovan announced the hiring of Jenny Boucek as one of her new assistant coaches for the 2003 WNBA season. She joins the Storm staff after serving as an assistant coach with the Miami Sol for the previous three seasons. Boucek, a four-year standout at the University of Virginia, played with the Cleveland Rockers during the leagueís inaugural 1997 season. As she prepares to move to the West Coast for the Stormís fourth training camp in the league, Boucek recently checked in with to field a few questions.

How do you feel about moving west and joining the Seattle Storm as an assistant coach?
I have always been an East Coast girl with strong beach ties! So I am thrilled to experience the beautiful environment and people of the other side of the country. I will miss playing beach volleyball (I will keep my residence on South Beach!), but change is always educational and exciting.

What appealed to you the most about working with new head coach Anne Donovan?
She has been a role model for me for a long time. She produces teams with strong fundamentals and strategies as well as chemistry and heart. Players love playing for her because she is such a super coach and, more importantly, she is an awesome person. I know I will learn a lot from Coach Donovan both on and off the court.

In what ways can you help the Storm become an elite team in the WNBA?
I was very fortunate to have played in the WNBA as well as had the opportunity to coach in the league with excellent head coaches in Nancy Darsch and Ron Rothstein. My focus is to help Anne Donovan be the best head coach she can be, and to make the players the best players they can be.

Have you set any personal or team goals for the season?
My goal for the Storm is to reach its full potential, whatever that may be!

Do you think your approach to coaching will change much now that you are with a West Coast team?
I am fully aware of the challenges of the Western Conference, but I don't think my general approach will change. It is always my goal to maximize the talents and abilities of our team. Each team has a different identity that must be established and built on.

What do you remember most about the Stormís style of play and tendencies when you on the opposing bench with Miami?
I remember that they played hard all the time, no matter how much they were winning or losing by. They were a very competitive unit, and I remember that they were a young team that was always improving!

Do you know much about Seattle?
I donít know a lot about the city, but I have always enjoyed it and the people when we came to play here. I am looking forward to the great things I have heard about the people, the outdoor activities and the seafood.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I am very excited about starting a new journey in my career, one that will hopefully end with a WNBA Championship!