Los Angeles, March 28, 2005 - Todd Dagenais, a former assistant coach at Michigan State who spent the past year working for USA Volleyball, has been named an assistant coach with the USC Women’s Volleyball team, Trojan head coach Mick Haley announced Monday.
Dagenais, 34, had been a coordinator in USA Volleyball’s High Performance Program since January 2004. He oversaw the girls’ High Performance and domestic programs, as well as the girls’ youth and junior national team programs. He also was involved with the USA men’s and women’s national teams and served as a video coordinator and statistician with the 2004 USA Women’s Olympic team.
Todd was a significant part of our High Performance staff, said Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball’s Director of High Performance National Programs. He influenced many changes and improvements during his 14 months with USA Volleyball. While he will be missed, we wish him well at USC.
Before joining USA Volleyball, he spent five seasons (1999-2003) with the Women’s Volleyball program at Michigan State. Dagenais was an assistant coach for the first three years and an associate head coach for his final two seasons. He also served as the program’s recruiting and scouting coordinator and assisted with travel, academics, scheduling, sports camps and the training of all positional players. The Spartans were Ncaa Tournament participants in each of his five seasons in East Lansing.
Dagenais was an assistant coach at Northern Michigan in 1998, where he served as recruiting and travel coordinator. The Wildcats played in the Ncaa Division II tourney that year.
He was a volunteer assistant at Michigan State in 1997 and also coached Michigan State’s top 10-ranked Women’s club team from November 1997 to March 1998.
During his collegiate coaching tenure, Dagenais spent his offseasons with USA Volleyball. In 2002 and 2003, he was a volunteer assistant with the USA Women’s national team and accompanied the team on three tours against international competition.
He was an assistant with the USA junior national program in 2001 and served as USA Volleyball’s lead court coach and tryout coordinator at High Performance camps from 1999 to2003.
He co-founded mid-Michigan’s first female elite junior team, the Valley Gold Elite Junior Volleyball Team, serving as its head coach from 1995 to 1997. The 1997 squad won the Michigan Aau state championship.
Dagenais (pronounced Da-jzuh-nay) 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. He was a certified athletic trainer.