The University of Calgary Dinos’ search for a new women’s basketball coach went global, and athletic director Ron Wuotila announced last week that Damian Jennings will take over the program this fall.
The 33-year-old Jennings comes to Calgary from Wales, where he has led the Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) women’s basketball program since October 2005. Under his leadership, the UWIC Archers became one of the elite teams in the England Basketball League’s Division I, winning the league title in 2010.
In 2011-12, Jennings led the Archers to a 19-2 record, winning the regular season title before losing in the championship game. He was named EBL coach of the year in 2008-09.
Jennings has also been involved with Great Britain Basketball since its inception in 2006 after London was awarded this summer’s Olympics, coaching in more than 110 games to date for Britain. He will be on the bench for the British senior women’s team as an assistant coach at London 2012.
Wuotila, who serves as the high performance manager with the British men’s side, has a long history with Jennings.
“I am thrilled to have Damian join us,” says Wuotila, who is currently in the United Kingdom with the British men’s team preparing for the Olympic tournament. “He is a young coach with a proven track record of success, both domestically and internationally. I look forward to working with Damian for many years to come.”
For Jennings, the chance to move into coaching as a full-time profession was key to the decision to accept the Dinos job.
“This is a particularly exciting move for me and my wife,” said Jennings. “I am very much looking forward to working for and with the University of Calgary, building alongside the great traditions that the Dinos represent. I have no doubt that we can build one of the best women’s basketball programs in Canada – but it starts with building an identity and a brand of basketball and performance lifestyle that ensures the student-athletes achieve and compete to the best of their abilities on a daily basis.
“I look forward to meeting the players and building this identity with them.”
Ticket packages for the 2012-13 season will begin July 1 with the launch of Dinos Gold Card sales.
DINOS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES