Zach Kancher | Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Zach Kancher, a veteran coach with over 10 years of collegiate experience including four years in the DMV, was named an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Towson University women’s basketball team in August of 2017.
Kancher has influenced plenty of careers during his coaching career. Thirteen players that he has worked with have gone on to play professionally, including WNBA stars Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, Tianna Hawkins and Lynetta Kizer.
Kancher comes to Towson after serving as the associate head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City last year. There he helped guide UMKC to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) semifinals for the first time in program history. Kancher helped facilitate recruitment of student-athletes, worked with scouting and preparing strategy and in-game tactics. He helped develop the game schedule for future seasons and served as the team’s liaison to other areas of the athletic department.
Kancher spent the 2015-16 season on the bench at George Washington with Richardson. The duo helped lead the Colonials to a 26-7 record, the Atlantic 10 Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Kancher was responsible for the post position player development, including Jones. Jones was an All-American honoree that season and has gone on to be named an All-Star in the WNBA. He also was responsible for recruiting and scouting opponents and breaking down film. Jones is one of three Colonial players that Kancher worked with that went on to play professionally.
Prior to his time in Washington, D.C. Kancher served as an assistant coach at the University of Miami for a year. As the guards coach, he helped the Hurricanes post 20 wins and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Kancher played a key role in recruiting in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region of the country. He was also responsible for scouting opponents and statistical analysis of game film. A pair of Hurricanes that Kancher worked with went on to play professionally.
Kancher spent three seasons on the bench in College Park, Maryland while serving as the Director of Scouting and Player Development for the Terrapins. Maryland posted at least 26 wins in all three of his seasons and advanced to the Final Four during the 2013-14 campaign. While at Maryland he was the lead scouting coach and was responsible for completing the scouting report on each opponent. Kancher broke down game film, analyzed it and did game plan collaboration with head coach Brenda Frese. He also helped develop multiple offensive and defensive schemes that could be used in game and in practice. Seven Terps that Kancher worked with went on to play professionally.
Kancher also severed as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware for three years. Kancher and Goldey-Beacom won the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in 2010-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament that year. There he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and for live/video scouting and generating the scouting report.
Kancher got his collegiate coaching start during the 2007-08 season when he served as the head coach at the College of Mount St. Vincent. He was also the assistant AD for operations that year. Kancher led his squad to the HVAC Championship and the first ECAC Tournament appearance in program history.
Kancher got his coaching start at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He served first as the assistant coach and then as the head coach for four years.
Kancher earned his bachelors degree in English from George Washington in 2003. There he served as a practice player for the women’s team for all four years. Kancher is currently working on a masters degree in sports administration from Canisius College.
Wanisha Smith | Assistant Coach
Wanisha Smith, who played for current Towson University head coach Diane Richardson at Riverdale Baptist High School, was named an assistant coach for the Tiger women's basketball team in August of 2017.
Smith joins the Tigers after spending the last eight years at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She played a key role in the development of a Lancers’ program that advanced to the 2013 Big South Championship game as the seventh seed in Longwood’s first year in the conference. Smith, who worked with the guards, wore many hats during her time in Farmville. She served as the team’s equipment manager, alumni reunion liaison, guard developer, scheduling coordinator and video coordinator. Smith helped with scouting and game-day preparation along with conducting practices within the system.
Smith was a talented player who earned her bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies from Duke University in 2008. During her time in Durham, North Carolina she helped the Blue Devils post a record of 119-15, making an appearance in the Final Four, the Elite Eight and the Sweet 16. Smith recorded 1,256 points and still ranks fifth for single-season assists (154) and for career assists (496). She was a four-time ACC Rookie of the Week and her 154 assists during the 2014-15 season set a freshman assists mark. After serving as a team captain during her senior season she was drafted 27th overall by the New York Liberty. Smith went on to play for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA.
Smith played for Richardson at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She was a McDonalds, WBCA and Parade All-American in 2004. Smith was honored as the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and the Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year as a senior in 2004. Smith started her high school career in Ohio and was named the Co-Player of the Year in 2002 as a sophomore with Amber Bland and Marscilla Packer. She scored over 2,500 points during her high school career.
In the summer of 2003 she played for the gold medal-winning East Team at the USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival. She led the team to a 5-0 record and averaged 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and hit 18 of 20 free throws.
Cheyenne Curley | Director of Basketball Operations
Cheyenne Curley, a former player of current Tiger Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler’s at Howard, joined the women’s basketball staff as the director of Operations in the summer of 2014.
Curley joined the Tigers from San Diego City College, where she assisted with on-the-floor coaching during practice and maintained the availability of required sports gear and equipment. She performed administrative and managerial functions and acted as a liaison between the head coach and the players.
While coaching at San Diego City College, Curley was also working as a residential care worker/supervisor at Varsity Team Inc. There she supervised troubled foster youth in a residential facility. Curley helped keep records on individual children of daily observations, behavior, activities and medications administered. She led youth independent living skills training and used her knowledge to provide counseling or therapy for mentally disturbed, delinquent or handicapped children.
Further, Curley was a coach/camp coordinator at the I9 Sports program. There she assisted in the planning and organization for youth sports programs. She facilitated and developed the curriculum for camps throughout the year. Curley also instructed and coached youth teams in different sports and provided instruction in general skills of the sports.
Curley earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Howard University in sport management in May of 2013. At Howard, she played basketball for Reid Geckeler. Curley was a four-year starter at point guard who led the Bison to two seasons with 20 or more wins. She helped Howard reach the MEAC Championship game twice and in both of those seasons, the Bison advance to the posteason. Curley’s play helped Howard earn its first ever Preseason WNIT invitation. Curley led Howard to 24 wins as a junior, which tied the program record for single-season victories. She was ranked in the top 25 in the nation for steals per game and assists per game during her career. She was a team captain who finished her career ranked second in career assists and steals at Howard. She also set the single-season assist record for the Bison. She was named the Howard University Female Athlete of the Year for 2012-13.