Jan. 8, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF Director of Athletics and Executive Vice President Keith R. Tribble announced on Tuesday that Todd Dagenais has been named the Knights' women's volleyball head coach. He becomes the ninth head coach since the program debuted in 1975.
Dagenais comes to UCF after spending three seasons as the assistant head coach at the University of Southern California, where he helped guide the Trojans to a 29-5 record in 2007 and a trip to the 2007 NCAA Final Four for the fourth time in six seasons. USC closed out a successful 2007 campaign by ranking third in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.
"We are fortunate to have lured Todd (Dagenais) to UCF from his position at the University of Southern California," said Tribble. "His background coaching and recruiting at the top of this sport should thrust our program to the forefront of Conference USA and nationally. We will win championships in women's volleyball under Coach Dagenais."
Dagenais also coached two of the top players in the country at USC in outside hitter Asia Kaczor and setter Taylor Carico, who were both named to the 2007 AVCA All-American teams. Kaczor received first-team honors while Carico was named to the second team.
"I am so proud to be a part of an athletic department and work with an athletic administration that shares such a lofty vision of what the UCF women's volleyball program can become," said Dagenais. "Mr. Tribble has set the bar of success at a very high level, and I could not be more excited that he is giving me the opportunity to take that vision to fruition."
Adding to his coaching accomplishments in 2007, Dagenais was the head coach for the USA White Select National Team that won the silver medal at the High Performance Championships.
Prior to his appointment at USC, Dagenais spent one season with USA Volleyball and five seasons at Michigan State as the Associate Head Volleyball Coach from 1999-2004. Michigan State competed in the NCAA Tournament all five seasons during Dagenais' tenure.
Dagenais was also an assistant coach at Northern Michigan in 1998, serving as the recruiting and travel coordinator for the Wildcats which competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Dagenais received his bachelor's degree in sports medicine (with an emphasis in exercise physiology) from Central Michigan in 1995. He played on the Chippewas' men's club team for four years and was also a certified athletic trainer.
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