Liz Darger recently completed her fifth season as a member of Coach Nixon's coaching staff.
Darger comes to UVU after spending four years as the head coach of the girl's varsity team and the last two as the women's athletic director at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah.
During her head coaching tenure at Timpanogos, Darger led her team to three second-place finishes in region and three state tournament appearances. Off the court she worked as a school guidance counselor, assisting students academically while aiding in their individual post-high school exploration process.
She served as the school's coordinator for the NCAA Eligibility Center, A.P. testing and PSAT and was voted President of the Alpine School District Counselor's Association.
Darger was president of the Utah Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 2008-09, serving as a liaison between the association and the Utah High School Activities Association.
Also active in club basketball, Darger coached for three seasons with the Utah Flight Basketball Club, acting as head coach for one of the club's two teams.
Darger's coaching resume also includes one year as the freshman head coach at Oak Canyon Junior High School and five seasons as an assistant coach at Timpview High School. At Timpview, Darger helped guide the team to four region championships, including three unbeaten region seasons, and to a second place finish at the state championship twice.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Family Sciences in 2000 and a master's from BYU in School Counseling Psychology in 2004.
Darger hails from Boise, Idaho where she attended Boise High School and was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball. She was involved outside of athletics as well as the choir president, a student-council ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society.
She enjoys boating, singing and traveling and has been to Japan, Israel, Egypt and Thailand and throughout Europe with her family.
Darger also comes from a family of athletes. Her sister, Emily Darger Deans, played volleyball at Colorado State from 1998-2001 and her brother, Ford, was on the basketball team at Whitman College from 1997-98.
Her cousin, Anne Carroll Ingersoll, is currently a volleyball player at Harvard and brother-in-law, Logan Deans, played football at BYU from 2001-04. Uncles, Lane and Rob Peterson, competed in volleyball at BYU and Stanford, respectively, and her aunt, Elizabeth Peterson Ingersoll, rowed at Harvard.