Buffalo, NY - D'Youville women's basketball head coach Danny Glover is excited to announce the return of Monica June and Darian Evans to the program as student assistant coaches.
In their roles the two experienced Spartans will assist in player development, practice plans, film breakdown, and help on the bench. Both June and Evans were members of the Spartans program over the last four seasons and have helped develop the women's basketball program. Each have been key players for the Spartans and have shown their hard work, determination, and leadership as players and will do the same as coaches.
June was a four-year player for D'Youville, developing into a top player for the women. Over her four years, Monica scored a total of 795 points - ninth all-time in program history while ranking tenth all-time in assists with 166. In addition, Monica added 228 rebounds, 85 steals, and totaled 2,140 minutes played.
"This program has really had a great impact on my life and it is a big reason why I am who I am today." Said June.
As her career progressed, June became a more lethal scorer from the guard position. Her points/game total increased with every season, in addition to her minutes/game, rebounds/game, and assists/game. Monica played at least 22 games every season and started 24 of 25 her senior season. Her contributions on and off the court were massive as she also served as a team captain.
The impact June has had on the program is something she is hoping to be able to give back to the next wave of players.
"I've had so many wonderful opportunities and I've met a lot of great people just from playing basketbal," she added. "I want these young women to experience everything I have and I want to be able to be there for them and give them all that I can to help them become better players, teammates."
Another pillar in growing the women's basketball program, Evans became the go-to frontcourt player for the women as her career progressed. Darian continued to expand her role on the team with each passing year with new career highs in points/game, minutes/game, assists/game, and rebounds/game season after season.
Darian wants to continue to do for the program, current, and future players what the program has done for her.
"This program has given me so much support and love and I cant wait to return the favor and help this team build something special. I am looking forward to watching and working with my former teammates and friends grow as basketball players and young women through this journey."
During her career, Evans etched her name within the record books as she ranks sixth in rebounds with 500 and is second in blocks with 116. She has added 109 assists with 579 points while playing 2,115 career minutes. While performing as a standout on the court for the women's basketball program, Darian was also one of the best on the diamond as part of the softball program as a four-year player.
Her love for the team and D'Youville has Evans excited to continue her tenure as a Spartan.
"I am extremely excited and grateful that I was given the opportunity to come back and be a part of the team."
Both former players have great knowledge of coach Glover, the goals the team has, and what it means to be a Spartan. Coach Glover is excited to have two of his former captains to join his staff.
"I think these two individuals words on what this opportunity means to them, says it all," said coach Glover. "Monica and Darian have grown so much the past four years and I'm honored and blessed to have them with me on the sidelines this upcoming season.
"Here at D'Youville it is about family," Glover added. "That means supporting, being there for one another, giving back, and growing together. I truly love giving the opportunity to our former players to empower them with leadership roles and continue to contribute to the family first culture we have established here at D'Youville. These two young ladies will be great additions and I cannot wait to get to work with them and this team this upcoming season."
Monica and Darian will have large shoes to fill as former women's basketball turned assistant Danette Laguerre has stepped away from the team after four years as a player (2012-16) and three as an assistant (2016-19).
"We were sad to see Danette step away from the program, but we know she will be on to bigger and better things and although she is no longer on staff, she will forever be part of our family," said coach Glover.
The Spartans will open up the season in 2019 when they take on Wells College November 9 at 1:00pm in the D'Youville College Center Gymnasium.
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