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Originally published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

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Jenny Boucek earns promotion to Storm associate head coach

One of Jenny Boucek’s first jobs as the associated head coach of the Storm will be to travel to China to check in with Storm star Lauren Jackson.

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Jenny Boucek was promoted to Storm associate head coach, the team announced Wednesday. She joined coach Brian Agler’s staff in 2010 as director of player development and scouting.

Boucek’s duties were primarily working with the guards and later grew to include implementing the team’s offense. She was part of former coach Anne Donovan’s staff from 2003 through 2005, winning a championship with the 2004 and 2010 Storm teams.

“She has a tremendous basketball mind and has a great work ethic,” Agler said of Boucek in a released statement. Assistant coach Nancy Darsch left the staff last fall.

“Jenny’s contributions are a big reason that we have continued to be a playoff team,” Agler continued. “We are all excited for her and the Storm in regard to this promotion.”

A former star point guard at Virginia, Boucek, 40, initially left the Storm to become a head coach for the Sacramento Monarchs in 2007. She was fired midseason in 2009, compiling a record of 40-41 during her tenure.

Boucek’s first task with the new Storm title will be traveling to China to connect with All-Star Lauren Jackson. Jackson, an Australian Olympian, underwent hamstring surgery in January 2013 and did not play in the WNBA season.

The Storm suspended the final year of her salary in hopes Jackson, 32, would be able to return for the 2014 WNBA season healthy. Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, is averaging 23.7 points and 10 rebounds through 15 games with Heilongjiang Shenda.

American stars Brittney Griner (Phoenix) and Maya Moore (Minnesota) also play in the WCBA. The league is currently undergoing fan balloting for its All-Star game and Jackson is a nominee. Voting ends Jan. 20.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or On Twitter @JaydaEvans.

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