University of Pittsburgh - Volleyball

DAN FISHER | HEAD COACH

A nationally recognized coach on the collegiate and professional levels, Dan Fisher was named the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball program in January of 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS

  • Pan Am Cup Head Coach / Bronze Medal (2016)
  • Pan Am Games Head Coach / Gold Medal (2015)
  • AVCA East Coast Region Coach of the Year (2017)
  • ACC Coach of the Year (2017)
  • ACC Volleyball Champions (2017)
  • Back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2016-2017)
  • 5 All-America selections (7 honors)
  • 6 All-Region selections (9 honors)
  • 13 All-ACC selections (17 honors)
  • 5 ACC All-Academic selections (6 honors)
  • 4 straight top-50 RPI seasons
  • 193 career wins
  • 118-45 overall record at Pitt
  • .724 overall win percentage at Pitt

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH | HEAD COACH (2017)

  • Named AVCA East Coast Region Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to their first ACC Championship in program history, sharing a piece of it with Louisville
  • Led Pitt back to the NCAA Tournament, marking the programs first back-to-back appearance since 2003-2004, where they defeated VCU in the opening round
  • Led the Panthers to a 26-7 record – the team’s fourth-straight 20-win season and highest win total during Fisher’s era
  • Coached redshirt sophomore Stephanie Williams to her second AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America honors, while leading sophomore Nika Markovic to her first
  • Guided Williams, Markovic and junior Kamalani Akeo to AVCA All-East Coast Region accolades and All-ACC First Team honors
  • Saw Kayla Lund earn AVCA East Coast Region Freshman of the year
  • Coached Lund and fellow freshman Chinaza Ndee to the ACC All-Freshman Team

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH | HEAD COACH (2016)

  • Coached the first Pitt volleyball team to reach the NCAA Tournament in 12 years and the first to advance to the second round in 13 years
  • Led the Panthers to a 25-9 record – the team’s third straight 20-win season, which marked the first time the team had three consecutive 20-win seasons since the Panthers posted three straight in ’02, ’03 and ’04
  • Logged a 15-5 record in the ACC
  • Coached Stephanie Williams, after a season ending injury her freshman year, towards AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America recognition, AVCA All-East Coast Region First Team and First Team All-ACC
  • Guided freshman Layne Van Buskirk towards ACC All-Freshman Honors and two separate ACC Freshman of the Week selections
  • Coached Jenna Potts towards AVCA Division I All-American Honorable Mention recognition, AVCA All-East Coast Region First Team honors, All-ACC First Team honors and the Preseason All-ACC Team
  • Potts finished her career under Fisher as Pitt’s all-time leader in total blocks (573) and block assists (509) and ranks fifth in program history with 64 solo blocks

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH | HEAD COACH (2015)

  • Led Pitt to a 23-9 record - the team’s second straight 20-win season, which marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the team posted three straight in ’02, ’03 and ’04
  • Recorded a 13-7 record in the ACC, the second consecutive year with 13 wins
    Steered Amanda Orchard to her second consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honor, AVCA All-Region accolade and first team All-ACC award in her final season with the Panthers. She was also named to the 2015 Senior CLASS Award First Team.
  • Orchard ranked 18th in the nation in hitting percentage (.410) and second in the ACC
  • Oversaw Kadi Kullerkann’s successful transfer to Pitt. Kullerkann joined Orchard as an Honorable Mention All-America honoree, All-Region award winner and All-ACC first team standout after becoming one of the Panthers’ most dominate hitters
  • Led a team which ranked fourth in the country and first in the ACC in assists (13.87/game) as well as being 10th in the country and second in the ACC in kills (14.48/set)

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH | HEAD COACH (2014)

  • Led the Panthers to a 25-6 overall record, marking the program’s most victories since 2003 (26)
  • Improved the team’s conference record to 13-5 after going 11-9 in the ACC in 2013 and 7-8 in the Big East in 2012
  • Oversaw the development of junior middle hitter Amanda Orchard, who became the first Pitt player since 2011 to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors
  • Guided the team to a number one ranking in the ACC in aces (1.74/set), and runner-up in opponent hitting percentage (1.66), assists (13.61/set) and kills (14.32/set)
  • Earned his 100th career win as a head coach in a 3-0 victory against Duquesne on Sept. 12

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH | HEAD COACH (2013)

  • Coached Pitt to a 19-14 record in his first season with the squad – the most wins since 2009 (20)
  • Improved the team's conference record by four wins from 7-8 in its final year in the Big East to an 11-9 inaugural ACC campaign
  • Finished fifth in the ACC after being selected 13th in the preseason poll
  • Guided Pitt to its highest totals in the following categories since 2009: hitting percentage (.230), kills/set (13.27), total kills (1725), assists/set (12.58), total assists (1635) and total aces (208)
  • Helped the Panthers improve from a conference winning percentage of .548 in 2012 to .576 in 2013

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (2009-2011)

  • Part of staff that led Arkansas to the Super Six for the first time in 2009 where they finished fifth in the nation after winning the NCAA South Central Regional
  • Helped lead the team to a No. 9 finish in the country in 2011
  • Led the Razorbacks to the NCAA North Central Region title in 2011

CONCORDIA | HEAD COACH (2011-2012)

  • Guided the Eagles women's volleyball program to an overall record of 75-2 (.974), including a National Championship in 2012 and a National Runner-up finish in 2011
  • Coached six NAIA All-Americans, seven All-GSAC players and five GSAC scholar-athletes in his two seasons, including Brooke Marino, who was named the NAIA Player of the Year in 2011 and was a two-time GSAC Player of the Year honoree
  • Led Concordia to its first NAIA National Championship in 2012, finishing the season with a perfect 38-0 record
  • Named NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year in 2012
  • Coached Concordia to a national runner-up finish in his first year with a 37-2 overall record and 18-0 conference record
  • Named the NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2011

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII | ASSOCIATE MEN'S HEAD COACH (2009-2011)

  • Helped the Warriors earn a No. 4 national ranking in 2010 and coached three AVCA All-Americans during his tenure

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO | ASSOCIATE WOMEN'S HEAD COACH (2007-2009)

  • Helped San Francisco to an NCAA Tournament berth after finishing second in the West Coast Conference in 2008

UNIVERSITY OF PACIFIC | ASSISTANT MEN'S HEAD COACH (2004-2007)

  • Worked primarily with the men’s squad but did additional work with the women’s team (assistant coach/camp director)

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2016)

  • Named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the Pan American Cup – led Team USA to a Bronze Medal

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2015)

  • Led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games as head coach – marked the first time since 1967

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2014)

  • Coached the USA/BIP Developmental Team at the Global Challenge in Europe

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2012)

  • Aided in Team USA’s Gold Medal run as an assistant coach at the Pan American Cup – aced as the team’s offensive coordinator, specifically working with the setters, and also coordinated opponent scouting

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2007)

  • Served as an assistant for Team USA during the World University Games in Thailand

INTERNATIONAL COACHING (2006)

  • Assisted with the USA Volleyball Boys Youth Select program

PLAYING CAREER

  • Spent five years playing professionally in Belgium, Spain and Switzerland after college graduation
  • Competed for five years on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour earning a pair of 13th place finishes
  • Represented his country on multiple occasions donning the red, white and blue during tournaments in Japan and France in 2000 and 2001

EDUCATION

  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of the Pacific in May of 1999 and a Master of Arts in sports science from Pacific in 2008

PERSONAL

  • A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Fisher resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Joni and daughter Eden