The 2012-13 campaign is Mark Zacher’s fourth at the helm of the Norwich University women’s basketball program. In his first season, the team achieved an overall 20-8 record and a Great Northeast Athletic Conference mark of 10-2. They advanced to the GNAC championship game and the 2010 ECAC Division III New England Women’s Basketball Tournament. In three full seasons at Norwich, Coach Zacher’s record stands at 47-33 overall and 24-12 in conference play.
Prior to coming to Norwich, Zacher spent eleven seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at the NCAA Division I level. He was the associate head coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2008-09 season and aided the program to double their total wins and conference wins over the previous season's record.
Zacher also spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. At “The Mount,” during Zacher’s tenure, the program achieved a 109-79 record in Northeast Conference play, winning two NEC regular season titles and qualifying for ten-straight NEC tournaments.
Zacher is a 1980 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved in coaching basketball since 1989. He has experience as both an assistant and a head coach in three different Pennsylvania high schools. In addition, he was the executive director and coach of a very successful AAU program. Zacher is a seasoned veteran with excellent experience in scouting, preparing workouts, and recruiting. He has also written well-received coaching articles that have appeared in numerous basketball journals.
During his collegiate coaching career, Zacher has had the pleasure of coaching three conference players-of-the-year, four conference defensive players-of-the-year, fifteen all-conference-team selections, one conference rookie-of-the-year, seven all-conference-rookie-team selections, fifteen 1,000 point scorers, and one Olympian – (Dita Krumberga, 2008 Latvian women’s basketball team).
Courtney Nyce enters her first year as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Norwich University in 2012-13.
A 2012 graduate of NCAA Division II Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Nyce was a two-year member of the program after transferring from Mount St. Mary’s following her sophomore year. Over the course of her collegiate career, Nyce appeared in 80 games and totaled 200 points and 165 rebounds. She totaled a career-high 93 points in 2010-11 including a single-game career-high 12 points against Chestnut Hill on November 20, 2010.
While at Bloomsburg, Nyce was a member of the Community Government Association and served as class vice president during her junior year. She was also a disc-jockey on the school’s radio station and earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) highest-team GPA honors.
In May 2010, Nyce travelled to Talinn, Estonia where she coached at a basketball camp for over 30 girls for a three-week span. In addition, Nyce immersed herself in Estonian culture and studied the history of the country. She also coached at the the Definitely Sports Basketball Camp where she was responsible for designing and arranging drills for campers.
A native of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, Nyce is a 2008 graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School where she was a four-year letterwinner on the girl’s basketball team.