Dan Conners Accepts Head Coaching Position at UC Davis
June 19, 2014
Davis, Calif. - Illinois Assistant Coach Dan Conners has been named head coach of the UC Davis women's volleyball team, as announced by UC Davis Director of Athletics Terry Turney Wednesday. Conners is the third assistant under Kevin Hambly to conclude his time in Champaign with a head coaching offer, following in the footsteps of Kent Miller (Saint Louis) and David Kniffin (UC Irvine Men).
"I am really excited for Dan," said Hambly. "It is a great opportunity and a good place for him to be a head coach for the first time. I am thankful for all he did while he was here. I will miss him, Becky and the kids; I know so will the rest of the volleyball family. I know he will do a great job there; the administration, the players and the staff he surrounds himself with there are getting a first class coach and human being."
Conners returns to the West Coast after three years in the Midwest, coordinating the Illini blocking system over the past two seasons, along with a one-year stint at Nebraska. Prior to traveling eastward, the Apple Valley, Calif., native was an assistant coach at his alma mater UCLA from 2006-2010 and assisted the Cal State-Northridge men's volleyball team from 2004-06.
Conners enjoyed a stellar playing career, setting for the UCLA volleyball team which reached the national championship four times, including winning the NCAA title in 1998 and 2000. Following his college career, Conners played professionally in Spain for the Almoradi Volleyball Club.
Conners takes over the helm of the UC Davis Aggies, who transitioned to Division I by joining the Big West Conference in 2007. The Aggies have made nine appearances at the Division II NCAA Tournament and will look to Conners to lead them to their first-ever Division I postseason berth.