Pitt Volleyball Captures First 2-0 Conference Start since 2009
A proven winner on the collegiate and professional levels, Dan Fisher was named the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball program in the January of 2013.
"It became clear to me throughout the interview process what a special place Pitt is," Fisher said. "From my wife and my daughter, we are all excited to be in Pittsburgh. I want to thank Steve Pederson and Donna Sanftfor the work they did to make us feel at home."
Fisher is the eighth coach in Pitt volleyball history and will lead the Panthers as they make the transition into the ACC.
"The ACC is and will always be one of the top conferences in the nation," Fisher continued. "To be a good team in the ACC means you are one of the best teams in the nation. Playing in that league will prepare our team for the NCAA Tournament."
Fisher joined the Panthers after a successful two season stint at Concordia University. In his two years at Concordia, Fisher 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.
"We are very excited to welcome Dan Fisher to Pitt to lead our volleyball program," Athletic Director Steve Pederson said at the time of Fisher's hire. "Dan has a proven track record as a winner and brings a unique set of skills and background to this position. Volleyball is important to Pitt and we were committed to finding a coach to build upon the history and traditions of this program. I am grateful to Donna Sanft (Executive Associate Athletic Director), who led the search, and excited that it concluded with such a terrific coach. We look forward to working with Coach Fisher to help him achieve great things at Pitt."
During his time with the Eagles, Fisher coached six NAIA All-Americans, seven All-GSAC players and five GSAC scholar-athletes in his two seasons. Additionally, under Fisher's tutelage Brooke Marino was named the NAIA Player of the Year in 2011 and was a two-time GSAC Player of the Year.
In 2012, Fisher led Concordia University to its first-ever NAIA National Championship title. The Eagles finished with a perfect 38-0 record en route to the National Championship. For his perfect run through the postseason, Fisher was awarded the NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Fisher led Concordia to a national runner-up finish and was named the NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year. Fisher took over a squad that finished 2010 with a 24-10 overall record and finished fifth in the GSAC standings and led them to a 37-2 mark, including a perfect 18-0 record in conference play during his first season with the team.
Fisher has also experienced success coaching on the professional level. In July of 2012, he was an assistant coach for the women's Gold Medal winning USA National Pan Am Cup Team. Fisher served as the team's offensive coordinator working with setters on all offensive systems and heading up the opponent scouting.
Additionally, Fisher served as an assistant for Team USA during the World University Games in Thailand in the summer of 2007 and assisted with USA Volleyball Boys Youth Select program in 2006.
University of Hawaii
From 2009-11, Fisher was the associate men's head coach for the University of Hawaii, one of the nation's elite men's volleyball programs. Fisher helped the Warriors earn a No. 4 national ranking in 2010 and coached three All-Americans during his tenure.
While with the Warriors, Fisher handled the UH defense and was instrumental in scouting and practice planning. Fisher also served as the recruiting coordinator and was responsible for recruiting local, national and international prospects for the Rainbow Warriors.
University of San Francisco and Pacific
Fisher was the associate head women's volleyball coach at the University of San Francisco in 2007 and 2008. In his first season with the Dons, Fisher helped USF to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference as the team earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
Fisher's coaching career started at his Alma Mater in 2004 when he served as the first assistant coach for the men's volleyball team. Fisher's roles with the Tigers continued to grow as he served as Camp Director and eventually took over as an assistant coach for the women's team in addition to the work with the men's squad.
Upon his graduation from the University of Pacific in 1999, Fisher spent five years playing professionally in Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. He also spent five years competing on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour earning a pair of 13th place finishes.
Fisher also represented his country on multiple occasions donning the Red, White and Blue during Tournaments in Japan and France in 2000 and 2001.
Fisher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of the Pacific in May of 1999 and a Master of Art in Sports Science from Pacific in 2008.
Fisher resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Joni and daughter Eden.