Danielle O’Banion was named the 12th head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland in April, 2021

Danielle O’Banion was named the 12th head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland in April, 2021.

O’Banion brings 20 years of Division I coaching experience to the  Greyhounds, most-recently serving her second stint as an assistant at  the University of Minnesota over the past three seasons. Her teams have  combined for 10 postseason appearances, including five NCAA tournaments  and one run to the Final Four.

“I am so excited to welcome Danielle O’Banion to the Loyola Athletics  family as our next head women’s basketball coach,” said Donna M.  Woodruff, Loyola’s Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics.  “It was very clear through our process that Coach O’Banion was the right  person to lead our program moving forward. She brings an impressive  combination of coaching expertise, successful playing experience and a  demonstrated commitment to developing the women in our program as  exceptional leaders, student-athletes and citizens while on-campus and  well after graduation. The future is very bright with Danielle as the  leader of Loyola women’s basketball.”

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, O’Banion returns to the  Mid-Atlantic after coaching stints at Minnesota, Memphis, Kent State and  Harvard. A standout recruiter who has brought in four Top-50 classes  during her career, she has also held multiple leadership positions  within both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and  Advocates for Athletic Equity (formerly Black Coaches and  Administrators).

“I believe in Loyola University Maryland, and I am honored that Loyola  believes in me,” O’Banion said. “I am especially grateful to Vice  President Dr. Robert Kelly and Director of Athletics Donna Woodruff for  entrusting me with the future of our Loyola women’s basketball program.  Loyola, its ideals and the city of Baltimore are a championship  combination, and I am eager to begin the work of building a Greyhounds  women’s basketball championship tradition.”

O’Banion rejoined Minnesota in 2018 following a two-year stint as  associate head coach at Memphis. During the past three seasons with the  Golden Gophers, she worked primarily with the post players while also  playing a key role in recruiting. Recent additions to the program  include Alexia Smith, the first five-star recruit in program history,  and 2020 Big Ten All-Freshman honoree Jasmine Powell.

Originally an assistant at Minnesota from 2002-07, O’Banion’s first  assistant stint coincided with the best five-year run in team history.  The Golden Gophers made four-consecutive NCAA tournaments, advancing to  one Final Four (2004) and two Sweet Sixteens (2003, 2005); they also  added a WNIT appearance in 2007. O’Banion worked primarily with the  backcourt, coaching four All-Big Ten selections and one Kodak  All-American (current Minnesota head coach Lindsay Whalen).

O’Banion then spent four years at Memphis from 2008-12, earning a  promotion to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the  final three seasons. She helped bring in the No. 1-ranked recruiting  classes in Conference USA (Top 50 nationally) in each of her first two  years on-campus, and her 2011 recruiting class was the highest-ranked in  program history. Those recruits succeeded on the court with Memphis  winning 78 games during her four seasons while making three postseason  appearances.

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