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Head Coach Nancy Blank

Head Coach Nancy Blank

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Nancy Blank enters her 15th year as the head coach of the Blue Jays. Blank, who is the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in JHU history, boasts a 236-116 (.670) record in 14 seasons at Hopkins and an overall record of 362-205 (.638) in 23 years of collegiate coaching.

Under Blank's guidance, Hopkins made three consecutive trips to the MAC playoffs, from 1990-92 and earned an ECAC playoff bid in 1994. During this five year period from 1989-94, Hopkins posted a sparkling 77-43 (.642%) record and set the stage for the greatest six-year period in school history. In 1994-95, the Blue Jays won 22 games and advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion, Capital (OH). In 1995-96, the Blue Jays reached the 20-win mark for the second straight year, won their first-ever conference championship, and advanced to the NCAA's Second Round. In 1996-97, JHU won the most games (25) in program history and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time. She followed that impressive year with a 24 win-season in 1997-98 and a second straight trip to the Elite Eight. In 1998-99, the Blue Jays won 23 games, captured their second Centennial Conference Championship, and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year. Last season, the Blue Jays won 21 games and captured their third Centennial Championship, while making a sixth consecutive NCAA appearance. Overall, JHU has posted six straight 20-win seasons, made six straight trips to the NCAA tournament, including back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 1997 & 1998, and captured three Centennial Conference Championships ('96, '99, & 2000).

Blank's coaching philosophy is reflected in the aggressive defensive style and up-tempo offensive attack of her teams. Since taking over at Hopkins, Blank and her players have turned the Blue Jay program into a contender for conference and national honors. In addition, several of Blank's players have received honors at the conference and national levels for their outstanding performance, including Amy Dodrill, a 1995 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner. Julie Anderson and Angie Arnold, both of whom graduated in 1998, became the first players in program history to be named All-Americans. Anderson became the first JHU women's basketball player to be named to the First Team All-American squad. Arnold's accolades mirrored Dodrill's as she received a 1998 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and won the 1998 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Prior to joining the Hopkins staff, Blank directed the women's program at Messiah College. In nine successful years at Messiah, Blank compiled a 126-89 (.586) overall record.

In addition to her responsibilities as the head women's basketball coach, Blank serves the Hopkins athletic department as an Assistant Director of Athletics and the Senior Women's Administrator and serves as the liaison to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Blank is currently the Chairperson of the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Ranking Committee and a WBCA District IV Legislative Representative. As the chair of the advisory committee, Blank is also a member of the NCAA Division III National Advisory Committee.

Blank resides in Baltimore. She has a daughter, Courtney, and a son, Jared. Courtney is currently attending Law School and Jared recently graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Sociololgy/Criminal Justice.