Memphis to play three of its next four games on the road.
Tigers and Knights squaring off in Play 4Kay pink game.
Tigers participating in the St. John's/Chartwell's Holiday Classic this weekend.
Both teams playing their third game in five days on Tuesday night.
Tigers play second game in three days against Belmont.
Danielle O'Banion joined the staff at the University of Memphis in June of 2008 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2010. Since her appointment, she has helped Memphis fans come to expect nationally-ranked recruiting classes. In her first two seasons at Memphis, she helped Melissa McFerrin put the cornerstones in place for back-to-back 20-win and post season squads, signing 15 players over two years. Those players helped Memphis to the finals of the 2010Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) and in to field of the 2011 WNIT, marking back-to-back post seasons for a Memphis squad for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
"Coach McFerrin's vision of `Becoming the Class of Conference USA' is coming to fruition thanks to great commitment from our student-athletes, university and community," O'Banion said. "We are eager to build on the momentum of consecutive 20-win seasons, record-setting team academic performances and a state-of-the-art locker room renovation," O'Banion said. "I'm honored to be a Tiger!"
In addition to serving as the program's Recruiting Coordinator, O'Banion coaches the perimeter players and directs the Memphis defensive attack. Pressure-oriented, full-court defense has become a hallmark of Memphis during her tenure. In 2011, Memphis ranked third in Conference USA in scoring defense (62.6 ppg) and second in steals per game with 10.3. O'Banion also assisted in the development of guard Brittany Carter (two-time first team All-C-USA, C-USA Newcomer of the Year) and Ramses Lonlack (two-time all-defensive team).
"Danielle has been an integral part of building our foundation and moving our program in to the upper echelon of Conference USA," McFerrin said. "We are fortunate that she remains committed to the University of Memphis and our future goals."
Coach O'Banion spent the 2007-08 season coaching at her alma mater, Episcopal High School in Virginia, where she was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in November of 2009. Prior to her return to her alma mater, she spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Her time with the Golden Gophers marked her first opportunity to work alongside Coach McFerrin. Together they coached the Minnesota guards, most notably WNBA All-Star and Kodak All-American, Lindsay Whalen. The Gophers appeared in the postseason all five seasons of O'Banion's time in Minneapolis, highlighted by a 2004 NCAA Final Four and two NCAA Sweet sixteen appearances. O'Banion also served as the team's academic liaison at Minnesota, helping to establish women's basketball as the Big Ten leader in Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Following her playing career at Boston College, O'Banion spent one season as an assistant coach at Harvard University. There, she coached the guards, while assisting in recruiting and scouting. She helped legendary Harvard coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith's Crimson squad win the Ivy League championship and earn an automatic NCAA tournament berth in 2002, after a four-year absence from postseason play.
O'Banion played her college basketball at Boston College from 1997 to 2001, helping the Eagles to the first two NCAA berths in school history in 1999 and 2000. With O'Banion in the line-up, BC advanced to the second round in both NCAA tournament appearances. A team co-captain as a senior, O'Banion earned a degree in psychology in 2001, receiving Big East Academic All-Star honors.
Coach O'Banion is committed to growing and giving back to the basketball community. She is an active member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and serves on two WBCA award committees. O'Banion is a 10-year member of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and will serve as BCA President until 2013. She is also a proud graduate of the Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) program, co-sponsored by the NCAA and the BCA.