Two Danbury coaches recognized by National High School Coaches Association

Two Danbury coaches recognized by National High School Coaches Association
Posted on 01/30/2018

DANBURY, CONN. — Two Danbury High School athletic coaches have been recognized as National High School Coaches Association finalists this year.

 

Jackie DiNardo, who leads the Hatters’ girls’ basketball team, and Kathy Boucher, who coaches the girls’ golf team, are one of eight coaches in their respective sports heading to South Dakota this summer for the award presentation.

 

After coaching the team for more than 30 seasons, DiNardo has recorded more than 460 career-wins and had led the team to more than a few FCIAC and state tournaments. The Hatters won the FCIAC Tournament in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, becoming one of three teams to win a triple championship. One of DiNardo’s most recent challenges has been rebuilding her team after losing seasoned players to graduation and injuries.

 

Boucher, a social studies teacher at DHS, started the girls’golf as a club sport in 1998 and it became a varsity sport in 2003, winning the FCIAC and state championships in 2004 and 2005. Boucher has led the team to an overall win/loss record of 125-96 with four ties. In 2016, the team was state runner-up.

 

Boucher was the FCIAC Girls Golf Coach of the Year in 2015 and received an FCIAC Coach of Excellence Award in 2016.

 

In 2015, DiNardo was inducted into the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. DiNardo is the administrator of the district’s REACH and Endeavor programs, an alternative program for at-risk students. DiNardo played basketball at the University of Texas and earned recognition as an All-American player. She also played for the U.S. on the Pan Am Team for Pat Summitt where the team won three gold medals and one silver. In 2005, DiNardo was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame and into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

 

#Danbury Board of Education#