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Ohio Wesleyan Women’s Basketball Coach Named Athletic Director at Denison
Nan Carney-DeBord Returns to Alma Mater; Stacey Ungashick Reed Named OWU Interim Coach

April 19, 2011

Nan Carney-DeBord.
Stacey Ungashick Reed.
Photos courtesy of OWU’s Office of University Communications
DELAWARE, OH – Nan Carney-DeBord, the winningest women’s basketball coach in Ohio Wesleyan University history, will become athletic director at Denison University, her undergraduate alma mater, on July 1. OWU assistant women’s basketball coach Stacey Ungashick Reed will become interim head coach of the Battling Bishop team.

Carney-DeBord has served as head coach of the Ohio Wesleyan women’s basketball team for 25 years, earning North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Division III Coach of the Year honors seven times. In 2001, she was named the Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year. In 2009, she became the 33rd coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 400-win mark.

“Under Nan’s leadership, the Ohio Wesleyan women’s basketball team has never had a losing season,” said Roger Ingles, OWU athletic director. “On and off the court, Nan is a great mentor, physical education teacher, leader, and friend. We will miss her talent, and we will miss her as a person. A journey that began for Nan as an undergraduate student at Denison University was destined for her to return to lead Denison’s athletic, recreation, and physical education programs.”

Carney-DeBord will remain at Ohio Wesleyan through June 30 and begin her new role at Granville, Ohio-based Denison on July 1. As an undergraduate at Denison, Carney-DeBord lettered four times each in basketball and field hockey. A basketball wing and point guard, she was team captain and MVP during her senior year. A field hockey back, she was a team captain for three years and led one team to a 13-0 record. She was inducted into Denison’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Ingles said, current assistant coach Stacey Ungashick Reed will become interim head coach of the Battling Bishop women’s basketball team. Ungashick Reed, who has been with the team for five seasons, came to Ohio Wesleyan after seven successful years as head girls basketball coach at Delaware Hayes High School.

While at Delaware Hayes, Ungashick Reed led the Pacers to three conference championships, seven sectional titles, and seven district semifinal appearances. She also was a three-time selection as Ohio Capital Conference Coach of the Year. Ungashick Reed is a Delaware, Ohio, native and a graduate of Delaware Hayes and Florida Southern College.

“We’re fortunate to have Stacey with us to ensure the Battling Bishops don’t miss a beat – or should I say a basket,” Ingles said. “She also is a talented coach and respected mentor. We’re looking forward to a great future.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.