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USF Volleyball Adds Dan Fisher and Samantha Hartwell as Assistant Coaches

April 25, 2007

(San Francisco) - Former U.S. National Team setter and former Pacific men's volleyball assistant Dan Fisher and Samantha Hartwell have been named assistant volleyball coaches at the University of San Francisco, as announced today by head coach Gilad Doron. With the hires, Doron, in his first season on the Hilltop, after three successful years at Villanova, completes his inaugural coaching staff.

"I am very lucky to find two quality individuals and coaches to join me her at the University of San Francisco," Doron said. "I look forward to working with them and building a quality program in the years to come."

A standout player and team captain for Pacific, Fisher spent three years on the US National Team, beginning in 1999. Fisher began his coaching career overseas, coaching Club Volleyball Menen for the 1999-00 season and later spent the 2003-04 season coaching the Volleyball Club Appenzell Gotten Girl's Youth in Switzerland. Fisher also coached the Club Santa Barbara 16's in 2002. After a successful playing career in Europe, Fisher remains active on the AVP Tour.

Fisher just completed his first year as an assistant with the Tigers under head coach Joe Wortmann. Pacific achieved a No. 14 national ranking and rose as high as No. 8 during the 2007 season.

"I am very excited to work at the University of San Francisco," Fisher said. "I look forward to working with Gilad and Sam and elevating the Dons to new heights. This is a great opportunity with an up and coming team in a strong conference."

"I feel that Dan will be a great addition to the University of San Francisco program with his international and national team experience," Doron said. "He's ready to step in and bring his experience, which helps us build a very strong coaching staff."

Hartwell enters her first coaching post at the Division I level on the Hilltop. A former player for Doron at Villanova, Hartwell earned three varsity letters with the Wildcats as a defensive specialist. A team captain as a senior, Hartwell was named a Big East Academic All-Star. After earning a B.S. in Biology from Villanova, the Bay Area native spent a year in England where she earned a MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester, graduating the program with Merit.

Hartwell began her coaching career at the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy, coaching 16's under the direction of Doron, the club's founder.

"I am excited to be back in the Bay Area and working with the volleyball community at USF," Hartwell said. "I had a great time playing in college and I hope to share my knowledge with the team here and improve their experience. I look forward working with Gilad who made a positive impact on my playing career."

"Sam was a great leader as a player during her career at Villanova and I look forward to her bringing passion, leadership and volleyball knowledge to help this team achieve new heights," Doron said.