Jenny Boucek

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Jenny Boucek
Jenny Boucek at 2 August 2015 game cropped.jpg
Personal information
Born (1973-12-20) December 20, 1973 (age 43)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality American
Career information
High school University (Nashville, Tennessee)
College Virginia (1992–1996)
WNBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Playing career 1996–1998
Position Guard
Coaching career 1999–present
Career history
As player:
1997 Cleveland Rockers
1997–1998 Keflavík
As coach:
1999 Washington Mystics (assistant)
20002002 Miami Sol (assistant)
20032005 Seattle Storm (assistant)
20072009 Sacramento Monarchs
20102014 Seattle Storm (assistant)
20152017 Seattle Storm
Career highlights and awards

As a player

As assistant coach:

Jennifer Dawn "Jenny" Boucek (born December 20, 1973) is a former basketball player and former head coach of the Seattle Storm. She was hired by the team on January 20, 2015, but terminated on August 10, 2017 as the team failed to meet the expectations that came along with the acquisition of top draft pick Breanna Stewart. Boucek was previously the Head Coach for the Sacramento Monarchs from November, 2006 until July 12, 2009.

College career[edit]

Born Jennifer Dawn Boucek in Nashville, Tennessee, Boucek was a four-year starting player for the University of Virginia's women's basketball team (nicknamed The Cavaliers) from 1992–96, Boucek helped lead the Cavaliers to four regular season Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances.

She was a two-time GTE Academic All-American team member and two-time ACC selection. Boucek twice earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors and finished her career at Virginia as a member of the 1,000-point club.

She also competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993.

Boucek graduated with honors in 1997 with a degree in sports medicine and sports management.

Professional playing career[edit]

She played professional basketball for two years before joining the coaching ranks. In 1997, the WNBA's inaugural season, Boucek was a member of the Cleveland Rockers after making open tryouts.[1]

In November 1997 she signed with Keflavík in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.[2] She helped the club win the Icelandic championship[3] and the Icelandic Basketball Cup,[4] and was named the Foreign player of the year.[5] She returned to the Cleveland Rockers in time for the 1998 season but retired from playing due to a career-ending back injury.

Coaching career[edit]

Boucek began her coaching career in the WNBA during the 1999 season as an assistant with the Washington Mystics. In 2000, she joined the Miami Sol, also as an assistant coach, for three seasons.

In 2003, Boucek, joined the Seattle Storm as an assistant coach and in 2004, helped the team win the WNBA Finals Championship, beating the Connecticut Sun. She also served as one of the Storm's scouts for prospective college players during the NCAA basketball season.

In addition to her official scouting duties, Boucek also served as a color commentator on a several Fox Sports Net broadcasts of ACC women's basketball games.

However, shortly after the 2005 WNBA season ended, Boucek declined to remain with the Storm for the upcoming 2006 season, citing personal reasons for her departure.

On November 15, 2006, the Sacramento Monarchs named Boucek as their new Head Coach for the 2007 WNBA season.

On July 12, 2009, Sacramento Monarchs General Manager John Whisenant announced the team relieved Boucek of her head coaching duties.

She compiled a 40-41 record in two-plus years as Monarchs head coach. She was 19-15 in 2007, 18-16 in 2008, and 3-10 in 2009 at the time of her dismissal.

On January 20, 2015, the Seattle Storm named Boucek as head coach.[6]

On August 10, 2017, the Seattle Storm fired Boucek as head coach after compiling a 36-58 record for the franchise and, in particular, for a disappointing 2017 season.[7]

Coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
SAC 2007 34 19 15 .559 3rd in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SAC 2008 34 18 16 .529 4th in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in Western Conference Semi-Finals
SAC 2009 13 3 10 .231 6th in West - - - - Fired Mid-Season
SEA 2015 34 10 24 .294 5th in West - - - - Missed Playoffs
SEA 2016 34 16 18 .471 4th in West 1 0 1 .000 Lost in 1st Round
SEA 2017 26 10 16 .385 5th in West - - - - Fired Mid-Season
Career 175 76 99 .434 7 2 5 .286


  1. ^ "Jenny Boucek: Career". WNBA. Archived from the original on April 30, 2001. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Einstefna hjá Keflavíkurstúlkum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 25 November 1997. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Skapti Hallgrímsson (31 March 1998). "Keflvíkingar bestir". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (17 February 1998). "Spila alltaf fyrir liðið". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Helgi Jónas og Anna María best að mati leikmanna". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 25 April 1998. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  6. ^ WNBA's Storm Promote Jenny Boucek to Head Coach
  7. ^ Allen, Percy (10 August 2017). "Following fourth straight loss, Storm fires coach Jenny Boucek". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 

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