Head Coach, David Skolen
Longtime bench boss Dave Skolen returns for his 21st season as Daemen's Head Women's Basketball Coach in 2012-2013. Over the past 20 years, Skolen has transformed the women's basketball program at Daemen into a national and regional powerhouse. In that time, Skolen owns a 410-211 overall record, giving him the highest winning percentage (.660) of any coach in the history of Daemen Athletics. After going just 31-50 from 1992-95, Skolen has guided the Wildcats to 16 winning seasons in the last 17 years and 14 seasons of 20+ wins, including 10 straight.
In 2010-11, Skolen's squad enjoyed one of their finest seasons overall and definitely the program's greatest post-season success as they finished at 25-8 after advancing to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, IA. Despite falling to Walsh (OH) in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) Championship Game, Skolen's Wildcats received an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament and they capitalized with the program's first-ever win at the event, defeating Concordia (MI) 83-70 on March 10.
During his tenure, the Wildcats have won four AMC North titles (2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2007-08) as well as two Keystone Empire Collegiate Conference (KECC) championships (1995-96, 1996-97). Skolen's teams have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament on nine occasions and he has been honored with Conference Coach of the Year recognition six times (1995-96, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08).
In addition to his accomplishments, Skolen has coached 30 players who have received some type of All-Conference recognition and has had a 1st Team All-Conference honoree in 17 of his 20 seasons. That list includes five who have been named Conference Player of the Year - Larissa Smith (1995-96), Amy King (1998-99), Germany Jackson (2006-07), Sarah Bogardus (2007-08) & Sarah Soroka (2010-11). Skolen has also coached eight athletes who've earned All-American honors including first-teamers Allison Depp (2005-06) and Soroka (2010-11) as well as six NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.
Before taking over as the women's coach at Daemen, Skolen served as an assistant for the men's team under current head coach Don Silveri, a position he held for two seasons. In that time, Skolen helped the team to a 26-35 record while going 12-10 in conference play.
As a player, Skolen starred for Daemen from 1986-90. When his playing career ended, he was the school record holder for points in a career (1876), assists in a career (293), three-point field goals in a career (279), games played in a career (114), points in a season (699) and points per game in a season (21.8). Skolen still holds four school records - field goals made in a career (687), career three-point percentage (.487), career free throw percentage (.826) and single season three-point percentage (.557).
Skolen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from Daemen. He also owns a Masters Degree in Math Education from the University of Buffalo and is a graduate of St. Francis High School. In addition to his coaching duties, Skolen has served the Daemen community in different capacities, first as an academic advisor and later as Sports Information Director from 2000-2011.
Assistant Coach, Alanna Laguerre
Alanna Laguerre begins her second season on the Daemen coaching staff after completing her four-year playing career for the Wildcats in 2011. As a coach, Laguerre will be involved in all aspects of the program and will work primarily with the team's perimeter players.
As a player for the Wildcats, Laguerre was twice named the team's Most Improved Player and is considered one of the most improved players in Daemen history over a four-year career. After seeing limited time her first two seasons, she became a two-year starter and helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back 20+ win seasons. Laguerre was one of the team's top defensive players and offensive rebounders. She also scored in double figures nine times including a 10-point performance in a win over Concordia (MI) in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in 2011.
Assistant Coach, Allison Depp
Allison Depp begins her sixth season on the Wildcat staff after completing one of the most successful playing careers in Daemen history. As a coach, Depp is involved in all facets of the program and works closely with the team's post players.
As a player, Depp is Daemen's third all-time leading scorer (1,923) and second leading rebounder (1,014) despite missing most of her senior season due to a torn ACL. In 2006, she became the first Daemen athlete to be named a 1st Team All-American, holding the distinction as Daemen's only athlete to be so-honored until she was joined by Sarah Soroka in 2011. Depp also helped lead the Wildcats to four straight NAIA National Tournaments and 100 wins from 2003-07.
Depp currently holds three school records and is among the top 10 all-time in 10 statistical categories.
Depp is a 2007 graduate of Daemen and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Assistant Coach, Courtney Donovan
After completing her playing career at Daemen last season, Courtney Donovan joins the team's coaching staff in 2012-13 as an assistant under head coach David Skolen.
Donovan put together a solid three-year playing career for the Wildcats after transferring in from the University of Rochester. In her time at the Amherst campus, Donovan developed into one of the premier centers in the area as her career culminated with an Honorable Mention All-American Mideast Conference selection.
A key contributor on back-to-back National Tournament teams, including Daemen's 2010-11 squad that advanced to the Sweet 16, Donovan enjoyed her finest season as a senior, averaging 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 blocked shots per game while leading the team in three-point shooting at 37% (49-for-133).
In addition to her exploits on the hardwood, Donovan was active in the academic community and in extracurricular activities on campus. She served as the President of Daemen's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2011-12 and graduated as the Valedictorian of the History and Government department. She was also the inaugural recipient of the Daemen College C.L.A.W. Award, given out at the College's Athletics Banquet to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the traits of character, leadership, academic excellence and work ethic.
With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Government, Donovan is currently pursuing a Law Degree from the University at Buffalo. She is single and resides in her hometown of Grand Island, NY.