Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Corkery has announced that Danielle Hemerka will be the program’s new assistant coach. Hemerka worked for the past three years on Head Coach Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland after concluding her playing career at Davidson.
"We're excited to have Danielle join our staff," commented Corkery. "She is exceptionally qualified, beginning from her playing days at Davidson and the way she excelled both on the court and in the classroom. Over the last three years at Maryland, she gained a lot of valuable experience in all aspects of the program. I am looking forward to seeing her take the next step with her on-court coaching, and this will be a great opportunity for her to do that. She's a high character person and will be an excellent role model for our student-athletes."
Hemerka has worked at Maryland since 2008 as the assistant to the recruiting coordinator and staff administrative assistant. Her responsibilities have included assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program’s recruiting and fundraising efforts, as well as supervising the managers and scout team. She also served as assistant director of Maryland women’s basketball’s summer camp.
During Hemerka’s tenure in College Park, the Terrapins accumulated a 76-26 record, which included the 2009 ACC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in that season. Maryland also reached the NCAA Tournament in the 2010-11 campaign.
Prior to arriving at Maryland, Hemerka graduated from Davidson in 2008, where she made 119 overall appearances and started 108 games in her four-year career. She was the team captain in her senior season, and graduated as the only student-athlete in program history to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists, and 150 steals in her career. Hemerka helped lead the Wildcats to a 77-43 overall record in her four years, including a 23-9 campaign in the 2006-07 season in which they earned the program’s first-ever postseason bid.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I am extremely excited to be a part of American's women's basketball program," commented Hemerka. "Coach Corkery has built a strong program over the last few years and I am looking forward to working with and learning from both the student-athletes and the staff."
Hemerka is originally from Blackwood, N.J., and currently resides in Laurel, Md.