Monarchs hire former Storm assistant Boucek as coach

11/15/2006 - WNBA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Monarchs hired former Seattle assistant Jenny Boucek as their new head coach on Wednesday.

Boucek, a former WNBA player who left the Storm's coaching staff before last season, will replace John Whisenant, who resigned as coach last month to focus on his job as the Monarchs' general manager.

Boucek was a four-year starter at Virginia before a brief WNBA career with Cleveland. She then served seven seasons as an assistant coach with three WNBA teams before spending the last year as an advance scout for the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics.

Whisenant led the Monarchs to the 2005 league title and got them back to the WNBA finals this season, losing in five games to Detroit. The WNBA's coach of the year in 2005 went 95-52 overall.

Boucek becomes just the third female coach in the 14-team women's league, joining Seattle's Anne Donovan and New York's Pat Coyle.