Youth camp, shooting and skills academy set for mid-June; no walkups accepted for either camp
Aggies conduct assemblies, or participate in recent school events at Freeman Elementary, Gretchen Higgins Elementary and Francis Harper Junior High
This year's squad posts UC Davis' most successful season as a Division I program
UC Davis seeks its third home victory over the Tigers in the last four seasons
UC Davis will face UC Irvine in Saturday evening's conference-opener
Mark Darnall enters his sixth season on the Aggies' staff, continuing his role as UC Davis' director of basketball operations. He helps oversee most administrative areas of the program including video and practice coordination, supervising team managers and other responsibilities.
Darnall came to UC Davis after assisting Aggie head coach Jim Les as a video coordinator at Bradley University in 2010-11. In that role he oversaw all aspects of the team's film and video needs, including preparation of opponent scouting, managing the video room and supplying the coaching staff with practice and game film. He coordinated film exchange with opponents, used the XOS Digital video software program and assisted in other administrative duties.
Prior to that, Darnall was an assistant coach at Peoria Christian High School for the 2009-10 season, helping with both on- and off-court duties. Peoria Christian finished 16-13 while capturing the conference title with an 8-1 record.
Darnall played college basketball at Eureka College in Illinois where he led the Red Devils in scoring and shot 41.4 percent from three-point territory in 2007-08. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for his achievements on the court and in the classroom.
Darnall has coached at several camps and is co-author of several articles for Athletes in Action. He is the nephew of NAIA and Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame coach Dave Darnall.
He earned his undergraduate degree in sports management in 2009 and his master's degree, in the same major, from Illinois State in 2011. Darnall is married to the former Megan Werking; the couple resides in Davis.
Aggies open season Monday night at Northern Colorado
Gameday Central at Utah Valley
(2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT)