David Dantes Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

Joins Staff As Full-Time Assistant After Serving As Volunteer Last Fall

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – David Dantes, who served as a volunteer assistant on Erin Appleman's staff last year, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach. While serving as a volunteer, Dantes also was the first head coach for the Yale women's club volleyball team. In the Bulldogs' first appearance at nationals, he led the team to the NCVF Division II National Championship. His club also captured its first league title by winning the Northeast Women's League (NWVCL) championship.

"I'm really excited about adding David to our staff," Appleman said. "He has a wealth of knowledge that the team will benefit from daily.  His experience in the sport is top notch and his presence in the gym as well as the office will help the program reach all of our goals."

Dantes came to New Haven after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Cal. The Golden Bears finished ranked No. 4 in the nation during his first season at Berkeley, advancing all the way to the NCAA national semifinals. He was also on the staff for 2008's No. 6 finish, which saw the Golden Bears reach the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.

He also served as the head women's club volleyball coach at Boston University in 2006. While at BU, he led the Terriers to the school's first regional championship and a national ranking as high as 11th. His club captured four of nine tournaments during the year, competing in the Northeast Women's Volleyball Club League and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

Before heading BU's women's club volleyball program, Dantes was an investment analyst for Gravitas Prime Inc. in Makati, Philippines, as well as a communications intern for the Overseas Development Institute in London, England.

Dantes earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science, with a minor in religion, from Boston University in May 2007. He competed for the Terriers' men's club volleyball team from 2003-05 and was a two-year starter as an outside hitter.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity