Henderson State University Director of Athletics Shawn Jones has announced the hiring of Philip McDaniel as Reddies head volleyball coach for the 2017-2018 season.
McDaniel has a long and impressive resume which includes head coaching stops at Drake University and South Dakota State, as well as assistant coaching positions at several top Division I and II institutions. His career also includes successful head coaching positions on the high school and club levels.
McDaniel spent last season as an assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he was responsible for recruiting as well as working with the Wolves’ defensive play. NSU finished the season ranked No. 21 in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Poll.
McDaniel served as head coach at South Dakota State from 2011 to 2015. During his time in Brookings, South Dakota, he had two Jackrabbits earn First-Team All-Summit League honors, two named to the Summit League All-Freshman Team, and eight garnered Summit League Players of the Week accolades.
His teams at South Dakota State earned Academic All-American Volleyball Coaches Association honors all four years, by compiling a grade point average of 3.3 or better each year.
Prior to his stint at SDSU, McDaniel rebuilt the Drake University volleyball program which had tallied only seven wins in 2007.
With McDaniel at the helm, Drake reached numerous program milestones including qualifying for the Missouri Valley Tournament in 2009 and 2010, with a total of four players receiving all-conference honors, including the program’s first First-Team MVC honoree in over a decade. In 2009, the Bulldogs registered a 22-12 record and followed with a 23-11 mark in 2010.
McDaniel served as an assistant coach at South Dakota State from 2005 to 2008. During his tenure at SDSU, he helped the Jackrabbits to the 2007 Summit League title and the school’s first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.
While overseeing SDSU’s recruiting efforts, McDaniel also monitored the academic progress for the Jackrabbits with the team earning the AVCA Academic Awards in 2005 and 2006.
Prior to his time at SDSU, McDaniel was an assistant coach at New Mexico State, where he helped lead the team to an 86-15 record and three straight Sun Belt Conference Championships. The Aggies also made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004.
McDaniel began his coaching career at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C., where he led the program to a 42-7 record and earned Big East Conference 4A Coach of the Year for two consecutive seasons (2000, 2001).
McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Culver-Stockton College in 1996 and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1998. He competed on both the soccer and tennis teams while at Culver-Stockton.