Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Connie Yori announced on Tuesday that Dayna Finch has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach for the Huskers.
Finch, who was recruited by Yori out of high school to play at Creighton, rejoins the Nebraska staff after spending the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons as a graduate assistant manager for the Huskers. Finch returns to Lincoln after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Creighton. She spent her first two seasons as a full-time assistant coach at Northern Colorado (2006-07, 2007-08) following her first stint on the Husker staff as a graduate assistant.
"We are excited to have Dayna back on our staff at Nebraska," Yori said. "She did a great job her first two years as a graduate assistant here and has been on my radar as someone I wanted to hire as an assistant if I ever had a chance. Dayna has knowledge and understanding of the game of basketball beyond her years, and we think she is also going to help us in recruiting. Dayna will be an asset to our staff and our players in the future."
Finch will focus much of her attention on Nebraska's offense in her first season as an assistant with the Huskers. She will also assist in Nebraska's opponent scouting and recruiting efforts.
"I am really happy to be back at Nebraska," Finch said. "It is a great opportunity for me, and I hope to bring a high level of enthusiasm and energy to the program. I want to help young players reach their full potential both on and off the court, and I think Coach Yori and the Nebraska staff has consistently done that for the past eight years. I'm excited to be a part of that again."
As a player, Finch was one of the most talented shooters in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference. In her four seasons, Finch connected on a conference record 294 three-pointers while playing 121 games in her CU career.
In 2004, Finch earned a spot on the Postseason WNIT All-Tournament team by averaging 17 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game to help the Jays to the WNIT championship.
As a senior, Finch led the Bluejays with 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. She added 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per contest, while ranking as one of the nation's top three-point shooters. She knocked down 98-of-250 threes on the season, connecting on 39.2 percent of her shots from long range. She ranked seventh nationally with 3.1 three-pointers per game, while ranking 27th nationally in three-point field goal percentage in 2003-04.
Finch closed her playing career with 1,260 points, while ranking 10th in CU history with 182 steals.
Finch was a part of three teams that qualified for the postseason at Creighton, including Yori's 2002 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to her success on the court, Finch was a standout in the classroom, capturing 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year honors. The two-time first-team academic All-Missouri Valley selection was also a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII pick. She closed her career with a 3.67 grade-point average as a psychology major.
As the head coach at Creighton, Yori recruited Finch out of high school in Kansas. The two-time Kansas Class 3A Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000, Finch produced a spectacular prep career at Smith Center High School. The two-time first-team all-class selection averaged 27 points, five rebounds and two assists per game as a senior. She was also an AAU All-American in 1999, and was an honorable-mention All-American by USA Today in both 1999 and 2000.
Finch earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Creighton in 2004, before claiming her master's degree in leadership education from Nebraska in 2006.
Finch married former Nebraska fullback Tim Weltmer on Aug. 14, 2004.