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Minnesota women’s basketball assistant coach Danielle O’Banion set to become head coach at Loyola Maryland

After eight combined seasons between two different stints, Gophers assistant coach Danielle O’Banion has accepted a head coach position at Loyola Maryland.
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.
Image by Tony Saunders
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Danielle O’Banion, an assistant coach on the Gophers women’s basketball team, was named the head coach of Loyola Maryland’s program, the school announced Friday.

O’Banion has been part of the Gophers’ coaching staff since Lindsay Whalen arrived for the 2017-18 season; she was also on staff during the team’s best run in program history from 2002-03 to 2006-07.

Responsibilities for O’Banion included contributing to the team’s defensive schemes, coaching post players and putting together scouting reports and game strategies. Off of the court, she was integral in the team’s recruiting and game scheduling.

“Coach Danny brought 20 years of coaching experience to our staff at the University of Minnesota,” Whalen said of O’Banion in a statement. “During her time here, Danny brought a passion for the game that was second to none. Her wealth of knowledge of the game will be a tremendous asset to Loyola University Maryland as she leads its women’s basketball program.”

She will be taking over a Loyola Maryland program that finished the 2020-21 campaign 0-13. Leading the Greyhounds in the Patriot League will be her second head coaching opportunity, as she previously led the Kent State women’s basketball program from 2008-12.

Associate head coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis and assistant coach Kelly Curry remain on the Gophers’ staff as the only two assistant coaches. There is no word on if the team will look to add a third.

The Gophers 2021-22 schedule has yet to be finalized, although they are scheduled to compete in the first-ever Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis. The early-season tournament will take place on Nov. 20-22 with some of the top programs in the country.

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