Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska Head Coach Dan Kendig announced on Thursday that associate head coach Danna Durante will be leaving the NU women's gymnastics program to take the reins as head coach at the University of California.
"I'm very happy for Danna and her family and what this will mean for her," Kendig said. "We're very excited about the opportunity she is getting. She and her family have both enjoyed Lincoln and being in Nebraska has meant a lot to them. Her goal all along has been to be head coach. The opportunity came open, and I'm happy for her. She knows what it takes to run a great program, and she is ready to go out there and run her own program. I'm very happy for her."
Durante fills the vacant head coaching position at Cal after Cari DuBois announced her retirement from coaching at the end of the 2011 season.
During her nine years at Nebraska, Durante led 11 Huskers to 23 All-America honors as the Huskers' beam coach and floor choreographer. The 2007 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Durante was promoted to associate head coach in 2006 after serving as an assistant for four years. She was named the 2007 National Assistant Coach of the Year in addition to being honored as the 1999 and 2002 West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. She has been a key asset to Nebraska's continued national success, most recently helping the Huskers to the 2011 Big 12 Championship and a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
"She has meant a lot to our team and our program for the last nine years," Kendig said. "A lot of the success we've had can be attributed to her hard work. I thought all along I had assistant coaches (Tim Garrison and Durante) who were head coach material and had goals of being head coaches. It will be difficult to replace both Danna and Tim, they both meant a lot to our program."