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Dan Fisher (vollyeball)

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Daniel Thomas Fisher (born March 19, 1976) is an American volleyball coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2013-present). Through the end of 2019, his coaching record is 253-51 (.832).[1]

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Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamUniversity of Pittsburgh
ConferenceACC
Record253-51 (.832) thru 2019
Biographical details
BornMarch 19, 1976
Alma materPacific (B.A. 1999, M.A. 2008)

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

Main article: Pittsburgh Panthers women's volleyball
Further information: Atlantic Coast Conference

At Pitt, Fisher's teams have never posted fewer than 19 wins in a season and have never had a losing season. He led the Panthers to three consecutive ACC Championships (2017, 2018, 2019) and has twice been named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) East Coast Region Coach of the Year (2017, 2018) and ACC Coach of the Year (2017, 2018). Fisher has guided Pitt to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament more than any coach in program history (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). He earned his 250th career victory on November 22, 2019 with a win over Florida State.[2]

Over seven seasons, Fisher has coached eight different All-Americans (earning 14 honors in all), 11 different All-Region players (earning 18 honors in all), 18 All-ACC players (earning 21 honors in all) and 15 ACC All-Academic selections (earning 24 honors in all).

In 2019, Kayla Lund was named the program's first AVCA East Coast Region Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, and tied the program's highest-earned honors as an AVCA All-America Second Team selection. Lund was named AVCA East Coast Region Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Kamalani Akeo was earned the program's first ACC Setter of the Year title in 2016.

In 2019 Pitt captured its third consecutive and third overall ACC title after completing the conference season at 18-0 with a 30-2 overall record, tying its highest single-season winning percentage in program history (.938).

Concordia (CA)[edit]

Fisher guided the Concordia Eagles women's volleyball program to an overall record of 75-2 (.974) over two seasons, including an NAIA National Championship in 2012 and a National Runner-Up finish in 2011. He coached six NAIA All-Americans, seven All-GSAC players and five GSAC scholar-athletes in his two seasons, including Brooke Marino, who was named NAIA Player of the Year in 2011.

Fisher was named NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading Concordia to its first NAIA National Championship with a perfect 38-0 record. [3] The previous season he was named NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year (2011).

International[edit]

Since 2000, Fisher's involvement in the USA Volleyball pipeline has been extensive, ranging from his time as a player (2000, 2001), to an assistant coach (2006, 2007, 2012) to a head coach (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020). In 2015 he earned a gold medal with Team USA at the Pan American Games, the team's first since 1967. In 2019 he was called on to lead the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team - Anaheim training block. The following year he trained the 2020 U.S. Women's Junior National Team.

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • 2011 - NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year
  • 2012 - NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year
  • 2017 - ACC Coach of the Year, AVCA East Coast Region Coach of the Year
  • 2018 - ACC Coach of the Year, AVCA East Coast Region Coach of the Year

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
2011 Concordia (CA) 37-2 18-0 1st NAIA Runner-Up
2012 Concordia (CA) 38-0 14-0 1st NAIA Champions
2013 Pitt 19-14 11-9 T-5th --
2014 Pitt 25-6 13-5 4th --
2015 Pitt 23-9 13-7 4th --
2016 Pitt 25-9 15-5 T-3rd NCAA Second Round
2017 Pitt 26-7 18-2 T-1st NCAA Second Round
2018 Pitt 30-2 17-1 1st NCAA Second Round
2019 Pitt 30-2 18-0 1st NCAA Second Round

References[edit]


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