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In the fall of 2011, David Dantes completed his first season as the Director of Operations for the California volleyball program. The East Bay native served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Golden Bears during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Dantes returns to Berkeley by way of New Haven, Conn., where he was an assistant coach for the Yale volleyball program under head coach Erin Appleman. With his help, the Bulldogs finished 2010 with a share of the Ivy League championship, a 12-2 conference record, and an 18-8 overall mark. Dantes served one season as a volunteer assistant in 2009 before he was promoted to a full-time position.
While serving as a volunteer, he was also the head coach of the Yale women's club volleyball team. The club secured its first league title by winning the Northeast Women's League (NWVCL) championship. Dantes' guidance saw the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the NCVF (National Club Volleyball Federation) Division II National Championship tournament where they captured the national title.
During his two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Cal, the Golden Bears made history with their first finish as an NCAA semifinalist. The 2007 squad finished ranked No. 4 in the nation during his first season at Berkeley. In 2008, the team earned a No. 6 finish, and reached the regional finals of the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history.
As an undergraduate at Boston University, he served as the head coach of the women's club volleyball team in 2006. There, he led the Terriers to the school's first NWVCL championship and a national ranking as high as No. 11. His club captured four of nine tournaments during the year, as a member of 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.