|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Nan Carney-DeBord begins her second year as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation at Denison University in 2012-13. She also serves as the faculty chair of the college's Department of Physical Education.
A 1980 graduate of Denison University and a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, she returned to her alma mater in 2011 after spending 25 years as the head women's basketball coach and faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University. One of the winningest coaches in Division III women's basketball history, Carney-DeBord posted a career record of 433-227 while guiding the Battling Bishops to six NCAA Division III Tournament berths. Ohio Wesleyan captured five North Coast Athletic Conference championships and she was a seven-time NCAC Coach of the Year. In 2001, she guided her team to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Carney-DeBord became only the 33rd coach in Division III history to reach the 400-win mark. In addition to her time as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Wesleyan, she spent six seasons (1985-1990) as the head field hockey coach at OWU where her teams posted a .714 winning percentage and began a streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances that would eventually conclude in 1993. At Ohio Wesleyan, she also served as assistant athletics director from 1987 to 1993 and associate athletics director from 1993 through 2003.
Carney-DeBord was a four-year letter winner in basketball and field hockey at Denison. A wing and point guard in basketball, she was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. As a back on the Denison field hockey squad, she was a three-year captain and helped lead the 1979 team to a 12-3-1 record. In 1998, she was inducted in the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame at Denison. In addition to her bachelor's degree in physical education from Denison, Carney-DeBord earned a master's of arts in athletics administration from Kent State University.
Carney-DeBord and her husband, Jack, a personal injury attorney, reside in Granville and have two sons, Tyler and T.J.