Dan Conners Named Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

July 13, 2006

Dan Conners, a 2001 UCLA graduate, has been hired as the second assistant coach for the Bruins women's volleyball program, head coach Andy Banachowski announced today.

Conners recently completed his third season as the top assistant coach with the Cal State Northridge men's volleyball program and has also served as the head coach of the Sportshack Volleyball Club Girls Under-14 team. Just prior to the 2005 women's season, Conners was named the interim head coach for Occidental College, an NCAA Division III program in Eagle Rock, Calif. He previously coached at the Stephen S. Wise Community High School in Los Angeles.

'I am very pleased to be able to bring Dan back to UCLA,' said Banachowski. 'I am looking forward to utilizing his experience to improve our team.'

As a member of the UCLA men's volleyball team during his collegiate tenure, Conners played on the 2001 NCAA runner-up team as the Bruins lost to BYU in the NCAA Championship match. He averaged 6.25 assists per game during that season.

Following his collegiate career, Conners played professionally for the Almoradi Volleyball Club in Almoradi, Spain. As the team's setter, he led the squad to a first place regular season finish and a third-place postseason tournament finish. While in Spain, Conners started his coaching career, working with an Under-16 girls team associated with the Almoradi club.

A native of Apple Valley, Calif., Conners was a three-sport athlete at Apple Valley High School before attending UCLA. He earned his degree in political science from UCLA in 2001.

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