Danielle Page has been hired as an assistant coach on the University of Toledo women’s basketball coaching staff, head coach Tricia Cullop announced today. Page is the final assistant to be added to the staff.
“We’re very excited to welcome Danielle to our Rocket family,” Cullop said. “She’s a proven winner at all levels and an outstanding person. When I spoke to Carol Callan (USA women’s basketball Team director), Connie Yori (former Nebraska HC) and Keith Van Horn (former Utah MBB standout and NBA player), everyone had great things to say about Danielle. Timing couldn’t have been better as Danielle just wrapped up her professional career by helping her team win the Hungarian Championship and was looking for an opportunity to join the coaching ranks. Danielle will play an integral role in developing our post players and our staff will greatly benefit from her vast knowledge and relationships internationally as well as in Colorado and Nebraska. Our program has been blessed to have seven professional players in the past eight years. Danielle will serve as a tremendous mentor for any of our players aspiring to play at that level.”
Page enters collegiate coaching following an extensive 10-year professional career. She spent time overseas with teams in Turkey, France, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary. Highlights from her professional career include being a member of Bourges’ 2016 EuroCup Championship squad, along with earning eurobasket.com first-team All-France recognition on two occasions. She was also selected the 2014 Foreign Player of the Year in France and garnered first-team All-EuroCup accolades that same season.
Most recently, Page played a key role in helping UNIQA Sopron of the First League of Hungary to a runner-up finish in the EuroLeague Championship.
In March 2015, Page received her Serbian citizenship in order to represent the Serbian National Team in international competition. She represented Serbia at the EuroBasket 2015 in Budapest where they won the gold medal, and qualified for the 2016 Olympics, a first in the history of the national team. The squad won the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.
When not competing professionally, Page received her start in coaching with the Colorado Premier Basketball Club in her home state. Under the direction of former NBA player Keith Van Horn, Page served as the head coach of the U-14 Colorado Premier National Girls Team in Summer 2014 and worked as an assistant coach for the U-13 squad in 2013 and the U-15 team in 2015. Most recently, she assisted with the coordination and communication portion of the recruiting process for U-17 team members last summer.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of Nebraska (2004-08), Page averaged 7.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in 129 career games played in Lincoln. A two-time team captain, she helped lead the Cornhuskers to the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008, tallying 946 points and 636 boards. The two-time Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year is also one of only three players in program history with 200 blocked shots, finishing with 207 in her NU career.
After going undrafted, the 2007-08 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection signed with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and played three games for the team in 2008.
A native of Monument, Colo., Page earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in psychology from Nebraska in 2008. The three-time Academic All-Conference honoree is continuing her studies at Louisiana State University, pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in sport management.Assistant Coach D1