As of April 17, 2017
was announced as an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team on April 17, 2017.
Nygaard suited up for USA Basketball at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, helping the West Team to a 2-2 record and silver medal. She also served as a court coach for the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.
Nygaard took the reins as head girls basketball coach at Windward School in Los Angeles, California, in 2012-13, after serving as the associate head coach there for three seasons (2008-09 to 2011-12).
Having recently completed her fifth season at the helm of Windward, Nygaard owns a 130-25 record (.839 winning percentage) as the program’s head coach.
Her 2016-17 squad finished 30-4 and won a California Interscholastic Federation SoCal Division I state title.
"I am both honored and humbled to be named an assistant coach for USA Basketball, the preeminent basketball organization in the world," Nygaard said. "I am excited to work with this talented group of coaches and am proud to represent my country and USA Basketball in international competition."
She led her squad to a 20-7 record in 2015-16.
Following a 22-10 campaign in 2014-15, which included a second-straight Southern Section Division 4AA championship, Nygaard earned a third-straight CIF Southern Section Divisional Coach of the Year honor (2013, 2014 and 2015).
The 2013-14 saw Windward earn a section title and a 26-3 record.
In her inaugural campaign as head coach in 2012-13, Nygaard led her team to a 32-1 record, including 32-straight wins. Her squad won a Southern Section championship and a SoCal Open Division regional championship before falling in the CIF State Open Division final. She earned Southern California Girls Basketball Coach of the Year from the Los Angeles Times and State Rookie Coach of the Year by California Coaches Association.
A standout player at Stanford University from 1994-95 through 1997-98, Nygaard played in three NCAA Final Fours with the Cardinal. During her four seasons, she helped Stanford amass a 113-14 overall record while claiming four Pacific-10 Conference titles. She was named All-Pac 10 first team and All-Pac 10 Academic second team as a senior.
To this day, Nygaard ranks among Stanford’s all-time 3-point shooters. She is fourth in the career record book with 210 3-pointers made and fifth all-time for 3-point attempts with 536. In the single-season category, Nygaard is 10th in 3-pointers made with 75 in 1995-96 and sixth for 3-point attempts with 193 that same year. In the single-game rankings, she is tied for sixth with seven made 3-pointers and tied for second with 15 3-point attempts.
Nygaard graduated with a degree in American studies in 1998. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in sports and athletic administration from Gonzaga University.
Selected in the fourth round (39th overall) of the 1998 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, Nygaard went on to play six seasons in the WNBA. Missing the 1998 season due to injury, Nygaard was a starter with the Portland Fire in 2000 and 2001 and with the Miami Sol in 2002. She also played for the Cleveland Rockers and Los Angeles Sparks, advancing to the WNBA Finals with the Sparks in 2003. During the WNBA offseason, she played professionally in
Germany (2001), Spain (1999) and Italy (1998).
After her playing career, Nygaard began coaching as an assistant for the University of California, Long Beach in 2003-04, and then for four years (2004-2008) at Pepperdine University.
In 2008, Nygaard was an assistant for the San Antonio Silver Stars, where she helped the team to the 2008 WNBA Finals.
She also serves as Windward’s senior associate athletic director.
Nygaard resides in Culver City, Ca with her wife Kristine and their three children, Emerson, Bryce and Avery.