WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
Head Coach Diana Couch will be entering her second season with Indian River State College Women’s Basketball program. In her first year Couch achieved a winning season with a record of 13-12 and finished third in FCSAA Southern Conference. The program produced one All Region Team member, four All-Conference members, two Region Player of the Weeks and two FCSAA All Academic Team members. Her defensive philosophy found her program ranked as high as #2 in the nation in three point field goal defense. The Pioneers also produced the #1 ranked point guard in the Region and one of the top twenty scorers in the NJCAA. The court was not the only place the Pioneers saw success as they achieved one of the highest grade point averages in over a decade for the program and also received the Suncoast National Bank Community Service Award for their efforts in the community.
Prior to coming to IRSC Couch spent eleven years coaching in Kansas at several Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference colleges and has an accomplished record in what is regarded as one of the nation’s top conferences in Community College women’s basketball. Couch comes to IRSC from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where she spent three seasons as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach of the FSCC Greyhounds. During her time at Fort Scott (2009-2012), she led her team to the regional finals, a feat that has only been accomplished twice in the program history. Under her leadership over 50% of the team consistently earned membership in Phi Theta Kappa (National Academic Honor Society) and ranked nationally twice for the team GPA. Couch’s players regularly received player of the week honors, along with conference, regional and NJCAA honors. She has been able to place her players at various levels of universities ranging from NAIA to DI, including full academic scholarships.
While at Newman University in Wichita (2007-2009), she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. Her first head coaching position was at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS (2004-2007). There Couch again made her mark taking her team to post season play and consistently receiving National academic honors for team GPA, while placing her players at various levels. Couch started her coaching career in Kansas as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Independence from 2001-04.
Prior to coaching in Kansas, Couch served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, FL for two seasons (1999-2001). Couch's high school coaching career includes two years as a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity coach at Eau Gallie High School (1998-2000) in Melbourne, FL. Prior to that, she served four years as a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity coach at Titusville High School, helping the Lady Terriers establish one of the best seasons in the program history and build a winning tradition.
Couch has coached several AAU teams, leading her Women's 21 and under team to a second-place finish in the 2000 AAU National Championship and her Women's Open Division team to a third-place finish in the 2001 AAU National Championship.
Couch earned her associates in arts degree from Brevard Community College and went on to get associate of science degree in Photography from Daytona Beach Community College Southeastern Photographic Institute. She earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.
Vanessa Santiago is returning a second season as an assistant to the Pioneer Women’s Basketball program. She is very familiar with and strongly supports the coaching philosophy of Diana Coach. Santiago was a former athlete for Couch at Titusville High School, Brevard Community College and several AAU teams, including the 2000 Women’s AAU Team who finished runner-up in the National Championship.
Santiago went on to continue her basketball career at Coker College where she also played on the Coker Women’s Volleyball Team. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology emphasizing in Counseling and has worked with at-risk youth since. Santiago also works as a case manager for first time juvenile offenders and is a coordinator for the Brevard County Teen Court Program.
Santiago’s coaching experience includes two season’s as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Brevard Community College, 2004-2006.
Santiago is married to an Army service member who has served two tours of duty in Iraq and they have two children.