Basketball has been in Jenny Boucek’s blood her entire life. She excelled on the court, and now she remains involved in the game as a coach. She spent time coaching in the WNBA and then made her way to the NBA. Boucek worked hard to get to where she is today.
Jenny Boucek’s college and professional career
Boucek played her college basketball at the University of Virginia. She was a four-year starter on the team from 1992 to 1996. During her time there, she helped lead Virginia to four regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances. The 5-foot-8 guard was a two-time ACC selection. Known for her defensive skills, she received the Defensive Player of the Year award twice on her team, and she was a member of the 1,000-point club.
Boucek had plans to attend medical school after graduating from college, but she heard about the creation of the WNBA and wanted to try out. She went to a tryout for the Cleveland Rockers and made the team. The Cleveland Rockers were one of the original eight franchises when the WNBA began. The Rockers were in existence from 1997 until 2003. Boucek only played one season with the Rockers after suffering a career-ending back injury. She did spend a year playing overseas, where she had success playing in Iceland. After a year playing overseas, she returned to the United States and began coaching.
She started out as an assistant coach in the WNBA. She served as an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics, Miami Sol, and the Seattle Storm. During her time with the Storm, she was a part of the team that won the WNBA championship in 2004.
Becoming a head coach in the WNBA
After seven seasons as an assistant coach, Boucek became the Sacramento Monarchs head coach in 2007. As a head coach, she coached the Monarchs to two winning seasons. In 2007, the team finished with a 19-17 record, and in 2008 they finished with an 18-16 record. During the 2009 season, she was relieved of her coaching duties, and that season, the Monarchs had a 3-10 record at the time of her departure.
After her time with the Monarchs, she returned to Seattle as an assistant coach. The Storm would win another WNBA title in 2010 when Boucek joined the team. After five seasons as an assistant coach, she was named the head coach in 2015. The Storm did not have much success with Boucek as head coach, and she was fired in 2017 after accumulating a 36-58 record during her tenure as head coach.
Jenny Boucek finding her way to the NBA
After a disappointing three years as the Storm head coach, Boucek became a player development coach for the Sacramento Kings in 2017. She was the third woman assistant coach in NBA history. As a player development coach, she worked closely with the players and helped them develop and improve their all-around game.
In 2018, Boucek was named an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. She became the first female assistant coach in franchise history. Boucek had the opportunity to play and coach in the WNBA, and now she’s coaching in the NBA. Women coaches are starting to become the norm in the NBA, and soon there will be more that will be on coaching staffs across the league.