|Title:||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
Sue Darling begins her first season leading the NAU women's basketball program after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona. Darling has 27 years of basketball coaching experience, including stints as an assistant at both Arizona and Arizona State and three years as the head coach at Air Force.
As the top assistant for head coach Niya Butts at Arizona, Darling served as the offensive coordinator and directed player and team development. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Darling was also instrumental in recruiting, scouting, marketing and community relations. In four seasons with UA, Darling was part of a coaching staff that led Arizona to its first postseason appearance since the 2004-05 season.
As offensive coordinator for the Wildcats, Darling was responsible for offensive planning and strategy, offensive instruction and game-time decisions. During the 2010-11 season, Arizona ranked No. 28 nationally and No. 3 in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (73.7 points per game), No. 31 nationally and No. 3 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (43.5%), and 55th nationally and third in the Pac-10 in assists (14.3).
During her coaching career, Darling has coached at every level of women's basketball – high school, junior college, college, and professional. She has been a head coach at the high school level, starting at Salpointe Catholic in Tucson while also serving as the head coach at Amphitheater and Mullen high schools. She spent one season as the head coach at Pima Community College (1985-86) and was an assistant coach with the Seattle Reign, a women's professional team in the former American Basketball Association, during the 1996-97 season.
Though her coaching career has covered many levels of the game, she has spent the most time coaching at Division I universities. Her first collegiate coaching experience came at St. John's University, where she was a graduate assistant coach, followed by the first of two stints at Arizona State during the 1990-91 season. She left the following year and spent two seasons as an assistant at Dartmouth before returning to the Sun Devils as an assistant from 1993-96. Darling earned her first head coaching position at Air Force in 1998, leading the Falcons for three seasons, before serving as an assistant at Northwestern from 2002-04. Prior to returning to the collegiate coaching ranks at Arizona in 2008, Darling was a police officer for the city of Boulder, Colo. from 2005-08.
A 1983 graduate of the University of Arizona, Darling was a member of the Wildcat team from 1978-82 and lettered in 1981 and 1982 while serving as team captain during the 1982 season. She played high school basketball at Canyon Del Oro, north of Tucson, and was selected as the school's first Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1978 while also being named captain of the All-Conference team. She was inducted to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 for her playing and coaching service of nearly three decades in the county.
Darling earned a bachelor's degree in education from Arizona in 1983 and earned a master's of business administration in marketing from St. John's University in 1988.