Former basketball coach Nancy Darsch has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Former women’s basketball head coach Nancy Darsch has passed away. She was 68. 

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, she has been dealing with Parkinson’s disease before her passing. 

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She passed away at her residence in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

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“Nancy was a trailblazer, coach and mentor. I was lucky to have such a caring and kind coach,” former Ohio State star Katie Smith said in a statement. “She loved what she did and the people she shared it with. Always had a smile on her face, a fun comment to make you laugh and a playful punch on the arm. She will be dearly missed.”

Darsch had her first coaching job at Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts. She then worked as an assistant coach under legendary Tennessee Volunteers head coach Pat Summit from 1978 through 1985. 

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In 1985, she became the Ohio State head coach. She led the school for 12 years, which including four Big Ten Conference Championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. 

She also guided the Buckeyes to the Championship game in 1993, before the team lost to Texas Tech, 84-82. 

At Ohio State, she went 234-125. 

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She also served on the coaching staff wit the Boston College Eagles in 2006 and 2007. 

Darsch was also a coach for USA Basketball. She helped guide the USA Women’s Basketball team to gold medals in the 1984 and 1996 Olympic games. 

Both times that the team won, they won it on the homeland. In 1984, the team won the gold in Los Angeles. 

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Then, in 1996, the team won the gold in Atlanta. 

Darsch also coached in the WNBA with the New York Liberty and the Washington Mystics, as their head coaches. She also spent time with the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm as their assistant coaches. 

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