Sparrow Promoted to Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Dane Sparrow
April 15, 2016

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Dane Sparrow of Wake Forest women's basketball has been tabbed as the program's new assistant coach, head coach Jen Hoover announced Friday. Sparrow replaces Clarisse Garcia, who was announced as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn on Tuesday.

"Dane has a great feel for our program after working in a variety of roles as a young, energetic, up-and-coming coach," Hoover said. "I love how he encourages and mentors our student-athletes while pushing and empowering them to be the best they can be every day. Dane carries himself with a great deal of class and has high expectations for our program. His ability to mentor our players and recruit future players will be instrumental in our rise to the next level. Dane is a great fit for our program and we are thrilled to have him here now as an assistant coach."

The 2016-17 season will mark Sparrow's fourth with the program. He was hired in 2013 as the team's video coordinator before being elevated to the director of basketball operations prior to the 2014-15 season. Before joining the Demon Deacons, Sparrow served as the video coordinator for UNCG women's basketball in 2011-12.

"I am blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to take the next step in my career as an assistant coach at Wake Forest," Sparrow said. "Becoming part of the Demon Deacon coaching staff has always been the ultimate goal since I arrived at Wake Forest. I believe my love for the game of basketball and eagerness to learn and grow under Coach Hoover will help us compete for championships and I look forward to exciting seasons to come in Black and Gold."

 

 

Sparrow played collegiately at Lander University, a Division II program in Greenwood, South Carolina. A four-year starter, Sparrow played in 111 games for the Bearcats and finished with the fourth-most three-pointers made in school history with 197. He was named the team MVP in 2009-10 after averaging 10.9 points per game, as he shot better than 41 percent from beyond the arc. After his career at Lander, Sparrow transferred to UNCG to finish his degree, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

The Demon Deacons are looking to build on a successful 2015-16 season in which they went 17-16 overall and 6-10 in the ACC with a trip to the WNIT. The Deacs return four of their starting five from the season, including leading scorer Amber Campbell, ACC All-Freshman Team honoree Ariel Stephenson and top rebounder Milan Quinn. Wake Forest's six ACC wins on the season tied for the third-most in program history and the 17 wins marked the most in a single season under Hoover in her first four years at the helm of the program.

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