A four-year letterwinner for UND, Val Sussex (formerly Sannes) was added to the women's basketball staff as an assistant coach on Sept. 15, 2011 and has also served as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Sussex returns to coaching in 2013-14 in her third year overall with the women's program. She is also UND's Basketball Camps Director.“Val has been here in multiple capacities and this is an opportunity for her to pursue coaching again, working with our posts,” Brewster said. “She obviously has a lot of pride in UND.”
A native of Wahpeton, N.D., Sussex played for North Dakota from 2004-08 and was the recipient of the 2008 UND Female Unsung Hero of the Year Award (all sports). She was team captain during the 2007-08 season and helped lead UND to a NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2007.
After graduating from UND in 2008 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in coaching, Sannes served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Minnesota, Crookston.
She earned her master's degree in educational leadership from UND in the spring of 2011. Sussex and her husband, Jackson, reside in Grand Forks N.D.