Jan. 15, 2013
PITTSBURGH – A proven winner on the collegiate and professional levels, Dan Fisher has been named the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women’s volleyball program.
Fisher joins Pitt one month after leading Concordia University to its first-ever NAIA National Championship title. In his two years at Concordia, Fisher guided the Eagles women’s volleyball program to an overall record of 75-2 (.974).
In 2011, Fisher led Concordia to a national runner-up finish and was named the NAIA/AVCA National Coach of the Year. This past season, Concordia finished with a perfect 38-0 record en route to the National Championship. He was awarded the NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year for his perfect run through the postseason.
“We are very excited to welcome Dan Fisher to Pitt to lead our volleyball program,” Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. “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.”
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’s primary duties were working with the team’s setters and planning offensive systems and tactics.
“Dan is a great fit at this university,” Donna Sanft said. “He has been a winner at every level as a player and a coach. He is a great leader who has high aspirations for our players athletically and academically. We are excited for the future of Pitt volleyball with Dan as our head coach.”
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.
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.
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 on the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tour. Fisher then began his collegiate coaching career at his Alma Mater in 2004.
“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 make this move. I want to thank Steve Pederson and Donna Sanft for the work they did to make us feel at home.”
Fisher will guide the Panthers in their inaugural season as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “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.”