Dan Conners begins his fifth season with the UCLA women's volleyball program in 2010. The Bruins have reached the postseason all four years Conners has been on staff, including three trips to the NCAA Regionals and a berth in the National Semifinals in 2006. The Bruins have a record of 102-35 (.745 winning percentage) during Conners' tenure.
During his four seasons, the Bruins have ranked first in the Pac-10 in blocks per set three times ('06, '08, '09) and have held opponents to under a .182 hitting percentage each year. Nationally, UCLA has ranked in the Top 30 in bps every season, including fifth in 2006, eighth in 2008 and ninth last year.
Conners' collegiate coaching career began at Cal State Northridge, where he was the top assistant from 2004-06 and helped the Matadors to a 56-36 record. He has also served as the head coach of the West Coast Volleyball Club Boys Under-18 squad. Just prior to the 2005 women's season, he was named the interim head coach for Occidental College, an NCAA Division III program in Eagle Rock, Calif.
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 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 standing during the regular season 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.
Conners was engaged to Becky Green in Spring 2010 and the couple will be married in Spring 2011.