SEATTLE - In the latest in a series of new additions to the Storm franchise, former WNBA head coach and veteran collegiate coach Nancy Darsch will join the Seattle Storm as an assistant coach, Storm head coach and player personnel director Brian Agler announced today.
“Nancy brings a great deal of experience to the Storm and we’re elated to have her join our team,” Agler said. “Nancy is a very well-recognized coach in the women’s game, and we look forward to having her bring that wealth of knowledge to Seattle. This is a great addition to our staff.”
Darsch has coached women's basketball at both the professional and Division I college levels. As head coach for the WNBA’s New York Liberty during the inaugural season, she led them to the championship game and a 17-11 record. She compiled a 36-24 record with New York over two seasons. Darsch took over the reigns for the Washington Mystics in 1999. After two seasons as head coach of the Mystics, Darsch became an advance scout for the team for three seasons. She later joined the Minnesota Lynx as an assistant coach from 2003-2005.
In 2006 and 2007 Darsch was an assistant coach at Boston College, helping lead the Eagles to a 13-16 campaign in 2006-07, and a 20-11 record this past year, including a berth in the post-season WNIT.
“I’m very happy to be back in the WNBA and excited that I’ll be in Seattle,” Darsch said. “The current Storm roster is loaded with talent and has tremendous potential. As a coach, I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this team.”
Prior to her WNBA experience, Darsch was the head coach at Ohio State University for 12 seasons. She compiled a record of 234-125 (.652) while at Ohio State. Darsch led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Conference Championships and seven NCAA tournament appearances. In 1993, Darsch led Ohio State to an impressive 24-4 record, a Big Ten Championship and the NCAA championship game. Before her arrival at Ohio State, Darsch was an assistant coach at Tennessee for seven seasons under head coach Pat Summitt.
Darsch has also been involved with USA Basketball since 1984. She has won two Olympic gold medals as an assistant coach for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
A native of Plymouth, Mass., Darsch is a 1973 graduate of Springfield College. She earned her master's degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee.