Phil McDaniel begins his third season as assistant volleyball coach at South Dakota State University. He joined the SDSU coaching staff in 2005, after helping guide New Mexico State to consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.
McDaniel served three seasons as an assistant coach at NMSU, where he helped lead the Aggies to an 86-15 overall record, three straight Sun Belt Conference titles and NCAA appearances in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his duties at New Mexico State, McDaniel was head coach of the Diamondback Volleyball Club in Las Cruces.
Previously, McDaniel compiled a 42-7 record as head coach at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C., and also served as director of coaches for the East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club.
A native of Decatur, Ill., McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) in 1996. At Culver-Stockton, McDaniel competed on the varsity soccer and tennis squads.
He added a master’s degree in counselor education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1998.