March 14, 2007
San Francisco - Gilad Doron has been named head volleyball coach at the University of San Francisco, as announced today by USF Athletic Director Debra Gore-Mann. Doron spent the last three years as the head coach at Villanova, guiding the Wildcats to back-to-back winning seasons.
"This is an exciting day for me and for USF volleyball," said athletic director Debi Gore-Mann. "Gilad Doron is a great fit for USF. He brings a welcome combination of technical knowledge and genuine passion to USF volleyball along with his phenomenal organizational skills. His international experience will benefit both our student-athletes and our conference. I always want our student-athletes to have an overwhelmingly positive college experience and I believe Gilad will provide that. Let me be the first to welcome Gilad and his wife Jennifer to our USF community".
Doron will lead the Dons into their 31st season of competition and is the ninth head coach in school history. Doron replaces Jeff Nelson, who departed to take the head job at New Mexico, after guiding USF volleyball to the most successful four-year run in program history (76-51) while competing in the elite West Coast Conference.
San Francisco matched the highest win tally in program history in 2006, compiling a 23-10 record and the second upper echelon WCC finish in four seasons. Doron inherits a team which loses just one player from last year's record-setting team and welcomes one of the highest-touted recruiting classes in school history.
"I am very pleased to be able to come to San Francisco and become a part of such a wonderful institution as the University of San Francisco," said Coach Doron. "The decision to come to USF was a hard one for me because I am eternally grateful to Villanova University and the leadership opportunity they have afforded me. I am really looking forward to this opportunity and the chance to be part of something special with USF Volleyball."
An experienced and well-respected coach, Doron compiled a 46-44 overall record on the Main Line and catapulted Villanova to its first 20-plus win season since 1997 with a 21-11 mark in 2005, capped by a berth in the Big East Tournament. The Wildcats posted a 12-win improvement from 2004 to 2005, the second best turnaround in Big East history. Prior to his stint at Villanova, Doron served as an assistant coach at Temple University from 1996-2000 and helped guide the Owls to three straight Atlantic 10 titles and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
In between his time at Temple and taking over the helm at Villanova, Doron founded the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy. The nationally ranked volleyball club fields five teams comprised of players aged 14-18. Doron supervises a coaching staff of eight and provides guidance on implementing strategies and team goals.
Doron also spent three years as the head girls' volleyball coach for Synergy Volleyball Club in Philadelphia. He worked with players aged 15-18 on a nationally ranked club squad that qualified for the national championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, his U-18 team earned a No. 12 national ranking, and compiled an overall record of 100-27.
Doron began his coaching career in Israel as the head men's volleyball coach for the Mate Asher Professional Volleyball Club, where he mentored national team players from Israel, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Croatia. Doron led his teams to the 1994 Israeli championship and the finals of the 1995 Israel Cup. Mate Asher was also a qualifier in the European League in 1996.
An accomplished player, Doron competed for the Israeli National team for 10 years and was part of the squad that placed fourth in the World University Games in Japan in 1995. He played 12 seasons with Mate Asher, helping lead the club to four Israeli League titles and two Israeli Cup championships.
A 2000 graduate of Temple University with a degree in Business Administration, Doron and his wife Jennifer have a son, Kai Jonathon.