December 17, 2009
SEATTLE - Nancy Darsch has re-signed with the Seattle Storm as an assistant coach, Storm head coach and player personnel director Brian Agler announced today. The 2010 season marks Darsch’s third with the organization.
“I am delighted to have Nancy return to the Storm coaching staff,” Agler said. “Continuity is important and Nancy brings a wealth of experience to our team and is a big part of our success over the past two seasons.”
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 21-12 record in 2007-08, including a berth in the post-season WNIT.
“I’m thrilled to return to the Storm staff and appreciate the continued support of Brian, Karen and our owners, Force 10 Hoops,” Darsch said. “I have enjoyed my experiences with the organization the past two seasons and look forward to continuing my role with the Storm.”
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.