Danielle Marante
Danielle  Marante

Position:
Assistant Coach


Danielle Marante, a four-time All-American at the University of Tampa, has been named an assistant coach for the Marshall volleyball program, head coach Mitch Jacobs announced Thursday.

Marante comes to Marshall after serving as the head volleyball coach for the Tampa Preparatory School for the past year and working with the Tampa Bay One/Rogue Volleyball Club for the past three. She also brings with her five years of experience in the education sector and three more in the fitness industry, serving as a personal trainer.

“I feel very grateful for this coaching opportunity and to be a part of the Marshall Volleyball program under the leadership of Mitch Jacobs,” said Marante. “I was able to see the team play last season, and I was very impressed with the level of the players. I am looking forward to working with these student-athletes on a daily basis.”

As student-athlete, she had one of the most prolific careers in the history of the Tampa volleyball program, becoming just the fourth player in the history of the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) to earn All-America honors four times. She was also an All-Sunshine State Conference pick and an all-region selection in each of her four seasons with the Spartans and was selected as the 1999 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.

Marante was the first UT student-athlete to win SSC Female Athlete of the Year honors and is the all-time leader in assists at both UT and the SSC, having logged 6,213 for her career. For her efforts, she was inducted to the University of Tampa Hall of Fame in 2003 and the SSC Hall of Fame in 2006

“When I learned that Danielle was interested in getting into the college game I knew I needed to find out if Marshall was the right fit for her,” said Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs. “I first met Danielle in 1992 in my first year of Coaching with Tampa Bay Juniors. She impressed me then by never allowing her size to dictate her accomplishments. Her competitive drive was unbelievable and it drove her team to great accomplishments. Of course she continued to do so throughout her collegiate career and I hated to compete against her as her Tampa teams defeated my Florida Tech teams each time we played them. Fast forward to today and I am thrilled that we now get that competitive drive in our gym, working with our athletes, every day. The women in the Marshall program will surely benefit from her skills as a teacher and volleyball coach.”

Marante Accolades

NCAA – Division II
1999 – National Finalist
1998 – Semi-Finalist
1997 – Ranked No. 1 or 2 all season
1996 – National Finalist

-All-Tournament Teams
-Ranked in top 20 in NCAA Division II for Assists/Game and Total Assists
-Considered for the Division II Silver (25th) Anniversary Team
-Sunshine State Conference All-Academic Team

University of Tampa
-Captain/Co-Captain, 1996-99
*UT’s first four-time All-American
*Member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame (youngest elected)

Sunshine State Conference

-Conference Champion/Co-Champion 1996-99
-All-Conference Teams
-Volleyball Player of the Year 1999
-Athlete of Year 1999 (first female from UT)
-Member of the Hall of Fame
-Member of the Silver (25th) Anniversary (named top player)

Club/High School

-(Tampa Tribune All Decade (90’s) Team)
-Tampa Bay Juniors (1990-96)
-Junior Olympics Open Division (9th in 1993, ’94, ’95 and Finalist ’96)
-H. B. Plant High School, Tampa
-Captain/Co-captain (1993-95)
-All Conference, All County, All State (1992-95)
-Hillsborough County Public School Player of the Year - 1995