Danielle Lopez, a native of Longmont, Colo., and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), has been named an assistant coach for the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) volleyball program.
DMACC volleyball coach Patty Harrison said Lopez's work ethic, volleyball knowledge and her passion for the sport were things that led to the hiring of Lopez.
"She had a coaching internship with the University of Northern Colorado and she has aspirations to one day become a college head volleyball coach," Harrison said.
Lopez said the success of the DMACC volleyball program is what led her to apply for the assistant coaching position.
"The decades of knowledge and success of the program are definitely things I want to be a part of and to learn from," Lopez said.
Lopez said she considers herself an offensive coach, working with attacking and hitting.
Before joining the DMACC volleyball program, Lopez worked with the UNC volleyball program, gaining experience in all of the day-to-day aspects of the program. She has also served as a club volleyball coach in Colorado for the past nine years and was a Class 5A high school head coach for two seasons. In addition, she has worked as a satellite coach for summer volleyball camps at (NCAA) Division I colleges throughout the nation.
Lopez's Longmont High School team won district and regional championships and appeared in the state tournament during her junior and senior years of high school.
Lopez graduate from UNC with a degree in sports and exercise science with an emphasis on sports coaching.
The DMACC volleyball team has begun preseason practice and will play scrimmage matches against North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and Buena Vista University (BVU) before opening the season in the McHenry County College Invitational in Rockford, Ill., Aug. 23 and 24 at Rockford, Ill. The Bears will face Carl Sandburg Community College (CSCC) and Parkland College (PC) on Aug. 23 Harper College (HC) and Glen Oaks Community College (GOCC) on Aug. 24.