Joining the Villanova coaching staff for her first year is Darcy Thompson, who will serve as an assistant for first-year head coach Josh Steinbach.
Thompson comes to Villanova from the University of Dayton, where she spent the 2006 season as a volunteer assistant coach. Thompson assisted head coach Tim Horsmon in all aspects of coaching during her year at Dayton. The Flyers posted a 22-11 record for the season and advanced to the championship match of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. In addition, Faye Barhorst earned honorable mention All-America honors from the AVCA and Amanda Robbe was cited for her academic success on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Prior to joining the Dayton staff, Thompson was a standout player under Horsmon at Robert Morris University, and she spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at the University. The Colonials went 16-13 in 2005 and reached the Northeast Conference championship match.
During her playing career at Robert Morris, Thompson was the team's starting libero and in the summer after her graduation was chosen to play on the Bringit Promotion USA Select volleyball team. Thompson was a two-time All-Northeast Conference first team selection and she owns the top two Robert Morris single-season dig records with 718 (2004) and 576 (2003), respectively. Thompson was ranked nationally in digs per game during her junior and senior seasons and rates second in school history with 1,583 digs.
Thompson graduated from Robert Morris in 2005 with a BSBA in Marketing and a MS in Communications Information Systems. She joins current assistant coach Kate Woffindin, who returns for her second year with the team, on the Wildcat coaching staff.