Darren Guensch
Year: Fourth season at VCU
Title: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 804-828-2375

Darren Guensch enters his second season as an assistant and fourth overall with the VCU Women's Basketball program in 2011-12.  After spending his first two seasons as VCU's Director of Basketball Operations, Guensch was promoted to an assistant coaching role on June 17, 2010.  Since joining the Rams' staff in 2008-09, he has been a part of the most successful run in program history, helping guide the Black & Gold to three-straight postseason appearances including a run to the third round of the WNIT in 2010.

“I feel very blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the VCU Women's basketball program,” said Guensch.  “Since joining the VCU family in 2008, I've been impacted by many players and coaches that define what our program is all about.  I'm ready to do whatever I can to help Coach Cunningham, our staff and our team continue our journey towards excellence on the court and in the classroom.”

Guensch also spent time as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Colonial Athletic Association rival George Mason University from 2006-08.

Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Guensch served as head coach of the freshmen girls’ basketball team at Loudoun County High School in 2005-06, where he was also an assistant for the varsity squad.  He guided the freshmen to a 16-2 record, including a 14-game winning streak, and helped the varsity team capture district and regional titles, and an appearance in the Virginia state Final Four.  Guensch also coached in the Loudoun Freedom AAU program during the spring and summer of 2006.

“Darren has been an integral part of our success the last three years,” VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham added.  “His promotion last season was well-deserved and I look forward to what he will continue to bring to our program.  He has earned the respect and confidence of our staff and student-athletes and is certain to be a valuable up-and-coming young coach.”

During the summer of 2005, Guensch completed an internship with Push the Rock, a Christian sports ministry based in Emmaus, Pa.  He coached at its basketball camps and volunteered in the office.

Guensch graduated from Radford University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Sport and Health Education.  He resides in Richmond, Va., with his wife, Devon and newborn son, Miles David.



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