Danye Guinn enters her third season as Minnesota's Director of Basketball Operations.
Prior to arriving in Minneapolis, Guinn spent one year as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. She served as the position coach for UND's guards, was camp director, coordinated team travel, and assisted with recruiting. In addition, she prepared and taught scouting reports, assisted with official/unofficial visits, was UND's community service director, and assisted the head coach with other duties.
A native of St. Francis, Minn., Guinn played basketball for UND during 2004-09, and was a team captain her final two seasons. As a senior, she led North Dakota with 140 assists and was the top three-point shooter. She finished just one game shy of the UND record of 135 career games played and closed her career ranked 21st on the all-time scoring list.
Guinn graduated as the second player in UND women's basketball history to have tallied 100 assists in each her four seasons with the program. In addition, Guinn's single-game assist high (12) was just three shy of the school record of 15.
She is one of six players in UND history to record 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists, finishing with 1,098 points, 452 rebounds, and 499 assists.
After graduating from UND in August 2009 with a degree in physical education and a minor in health, Guinn worked at Des Moines Area Community College, where she held a variety of positions in the year she was there. Guinn served as a student services assistant, athletics department assistant, housing assistant, assistant women's basketball coach, and camp director.
Guinn's primary responsibilities with the Gophers will include coordinating all team travel arrangements; serving as tournament director for the Best Buy Classic and Subway Classic; organizing all of the team's training tables; managing the head coach's calendar and the overall calendar for women's basketball; coordinating the Gophers' Ball Kids program; hiring student managers; scheduling all shoot-around times; working with the MSHSAA to organize the Fall Coaches' Clinic; and coordinating dorm assignments for Gopher players.
Guinn had been pursuing a master's degree in education leadership while coaching at UND. She plans to continue working on her graduate degree at some point in the future.
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