Women's Basketball Hires Final Assistant Coach
May 27, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - Melissa McFerrin now has all her assistant coaches in place with the hiring of Danielle O'Banion, it was announced Tuesday. O'Banion spent the past season coaching at Virginia Episcopal High School after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.
"We are so fortunate to have Danielle complete our coaching staff at the University of Memphis," McFerrin said. "Danielle is one of the brightest young coaches in the country, has an extensive recruiting network, and is an exceptional basketball mind. She competed at a nationally elite level and has coached on the staff of a Final Four team. Her contributions will be seen immediately in the areas of recruiting, perimeter player development and team defensive concepts."
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. She also participated in the NCAA Leadership Conference in the summer of 2003 and served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board throughout her college career.
Following her playing career, O'Banion spent one season as an assistant coach at Harvard University (2001-02). There, she coached the guards, while assisting in recruiting and scouting. She also served as Harvard's junior varsity head coach, and helped the Crimson varsity squad win the Ivy League title and earn an NCAA tournament spot.
O'Banion left the Crimson staff to join Pam Borton's staff at the University of Minnesota as an assistant coach following the 2001-02 season. Borton was an assistant coach at Boston College when O'Banion was a player, and brought her former player on board a coaching staff that took four straight Golden Gopher teams to the NCAA tournament before a WNIT appearance in 2006-07. While on staff at Minnesota, O'Banion worked with Melissa McFerrin for two seasons and handled coaching duties for the backcourt players and monitored the academic progress of the entire team. She also handled recruiting duties for the Golden Gophers.
"I will be proud to present the credentials of our entire coaching staff to high school recruits, coaches and parents," McFerrin said. "Their players and daughters will benefit from exposure to coaches with elite level experiences. Few staffs can claim such extensive playing backgrounds -- Final Four, WNBA, and USA Basketball experiences. I feel very fortunate to have this staff represent the University of Memphis."
O'Banion is a native of Arlington, Va. She is a graduate of Virginia Episcopal High School.