Vanessa Nygaard (born March 13, 1975 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is a former professional basketball player and a collegiate assistant coach. She is currently serving as an assistant coach with the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Nygaard graduated in 1998, majoring in American Studies.
Women's National Basketball Association
Her best season came with the Sol in 2002, when she averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Before the 2004 WNBA season began, Nygaard signed a free agent contract with the Houston Comets, but was waived by the team during training camp. She signed another contract with the Comets prior to the 2005 season, but decided to announce her retirement instead.
In 2003, Nygaard became an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at California State University, Long Beach. The following year, in June 2004, she was hired as an assistant coach with Pepperdine University.
In 2008, she was named as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Silver Stars and helped the team to appear in the WNBA finals, before losing to the Detroit Shock. In January 2009, she was named as an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics.