Nancy Darsch enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Boston College women's basketball program. Darsch brings a wealth of coaching knowledge stemming from her experience at both the professional and Division 1 college level.
Darsch responsibilities include scouting and advanced game scouting, post player development, preseason and postseason workouts, scheduling and film breakdown.
Darsch started her professional coaching career with the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in the inaugural season (1997) with the New York Liberty. As the head coach, Darsch led the Liberty to a 17-11 season and the team advanced to the WNBA final against eventual champion, Houston Comets. She had the privilege of coaching the Liberty in the first-ever WNBA game against the LA Sparks. Darsch earned her first professional victory in that game with a 65-51 victory on June 21, 1997. In her two seasons with New York, she compiled a 36-24 record.
In 1999, Darsch took over the reigns for Washington Mystics. After two seasons at the helm, Darsch became an advanced scout for the team. For the past three seasons, she has been with the Minnesota Lynx as an assistant coach. Darsch's overall WNBA coaching record stands at 57-57 in four seasons.
Darsch began her coaching career as an assistant under Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt. From 1978-1985 Darsch helped lead the Lady Vols to five Final four appearances. Darsch became the head coach at Ohio State University in 1985. In her 12 years at the helm at Ohio State, she led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Conference Championships and seven NCAA appearances. In 1993, Darsch led Ohio State to an impressive 24-4 record, a Big Ten Championship and the NCAA final. In the championship game, Ohio State lost to Texas Tech, 84-82. She compiled a record of 234-125 (.652) while at Ohio State.
During her illustrious coaching career, Darsch has also been involved with USA Basketball. She has won two Olympic gold medals as an assistant coach with USA Basketball during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the 1996 Olympic Games in Georgia.
A native of Plymouth, MA, Darsch is a 1973 graduate of Springfield College. She also earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee.