Topic: Nancy Darsch
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October 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM
One week after Minnesota swept Seattle in the opening round of the 2013 WNBA playoffs, PG Temeka Johnson woke up to a tropical view for Day 1 of her vacation. Storm fans were in Day 2 of a deluge to begin the long WNBA offseason.
Johnson played a critical part in the Storm’s 2013 season. She took on the starting role, replacing All-Star Sue Bird as the head of Seattle’s offense. A WNBA champion and 2005 Rookie of the Year, Johnson led the Storm to 17-17 record as Bird rehabilitated from a knee injury. It was a tricky season featuring six new faces but all were at Day 1 of training camp and none suffered major injuries in experiencing what all defined as the best season of their careers.
While predicting team chemistry is as futile as diagramming weather in the Pacific Northwest, the 2014 Storm roster should feature multiple familiar faces. The highlight obviously being the return of Bird and C Lauren Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP whose contract was suspended after offseason hamstring surgery. The Storm will be without WNBA legend Tina Thompson, however, due to retirement.
In the upcoming days I’ll share some parting thoughts from the players and coaching staff. It’s not as in-depth as the 2013 exit interviews series due to an illness I opted not to share with the organization. Up first is assistant coach Nancy Darsch, who won’t be returning to the Storm in 2014. Darsch, 61, was hired by Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler in 2008 and primarily developed the post players. She also split comprising scouting reports with assistant coach Jenny Boucek.
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