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Monday, April 11, 2011

Where Are They Now with Danielle Wexler (April 11, 2011)

The newest feature on the Hartford Hawks Women’s Basketball Blog returns for its next installment. The Where Are They Now section will be updated every few weeks with an update from a former member of the Hartford women’s basketball team. Cedric Quackenbush, women’s basketball manager, will catch up with former Hawks and provide an update on their life after basketball. If you have a question or a possible topic for a future Where Are They Now feature, email

Where Are They Now with Danielle Wexler (April 11, 2011)

Senior guard Danielle Wexler was the only player on a talented Hawks roster, during the 2005-06 season, that started all 31 games. Wexler, a prolific shooting threat and fierce defender, played a major roll on a championship team that went 27-4 and earned the schools first win in the NCAA tournament. In her final season, she averaged six points and four rebounds per game.

“That year was very special,” said Wexler of her senior season, “our team was very talented and well coached. I think we surprised a lot of people who didn’t know anything about Hartford.”

During her days as a player Wexler realized she wanted to stay involved with basketball once her career was over. Knowing it wasn’t likely she would play overseas, it dawned on her that coaching would be a great opportunity to stay involved with her favorite sport. Along with learning from head coach Jennifer Rizzotti on the court, she majored in psychology to learn a mental approach to basketball.

After graduating from Hartford in 2006, Wexler became an assistant coach at the University of New Haven, a division two school in Connecticut.

“I had a chance to get my hands on everything at New Haven,” said Wexler as she described her first coaching job. “I had every coaching responsibility there is from recruiting, scouting and budgeting. Because we were a division two school we did a lot of fundraising too.”

Wexler stayed at New Haven for four years and throughout her tenure, the team experienced a lot of success. This past summer, she was given the opportunity move up to Division 1 and become an assistant coach Quinnipiac.

“It was a great situation for me, getting to stay in Connecticut. Everybody on the staff made the transition easy for me and Trish (head coach Tricia Fabbri) had a lot of trust in me. I didn’t have as many immediate responsibilities as I did in New Haven so the transition was very smooth”

This past season, Wexler’s responsibilities included working with the guards in practice, film exchange, practice planning, scouting and recruiting. The team finished 14-16 and had a 11-7 record in the Northeast Conference.

Having played for coach Rizzotti and now coaching with coach Fabbri, Wexler has had the opportunity to learn from two of Connecticut’s most highly respected coaches. “Both coaches have their own goals with their staff’s. We all want to win our conference and advance to the NCAA tournament. In order to do this you need to recruit good players.”

Wexler was recently engaged, to fiancĂ© Pierce, and when she’s not in the basketball office, she is busy planning for her wedding this coming August. Once married, she plans on moving to New York to live with her soon to be husband who works there. It may make the commute to work at Quinnipiac a little longer, but it’s worth it because she is very happy to be doing what she loves.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Coach Rizzotti Reflects on the 2010-11 Season

With the Hartford women’s basketball season over and the final four just days away, color analyst Brian Irizarry had a chance to sit down with head coach Jennifer Rizzotti  and reflect on the 2010-11 season and the Hawks fifth America East Championship. Throughout the spring we will continue to update you on the Hartford women’s basketball team with interviews and replays of feature stories from the Jen Rizzotti Coaches Show on CTSN.