Atlanta Pro Volleyball is proud to announce the appointment of Todd Dagenais (DAH-juh-nay) as the team’s head coach. Dagenais brings a wealth of experience and success to the role and has signed a multi-year agreement.
Dagenais comes to the team after an incredible 15 years as the head coach at the University of Central Florida. He recorded 308 career victories, securing his spot as UCF Volleyball’s all-time winningest head coach. Dagenais led the UCF Knights to six conference championships and six NCAA Tournament berths including 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. He has become recognized as one of the top coaches in the nation and has incredible passion for women’s volleyball.
In addition to the countless hours Dagenais poured into UCF, Dagenais also was an integral part of the USA Volleyball Youth development program. He has served on the U.S. Volleyball Women’s National Team coaching delegation to the Olympic Games and coached as part of the High Performance System. He served as a head coach for the Collegiate National Team and a part of the staff for the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“We are thrilled to welcome Todd as our new head coach,” said Colleen Craig, the Atlanta team owner. “Todd brings domestic and international experience at the highest levels to our team. In addition, he has been a highly successful builder of programs and talent development. His record of success, dedication, and player development makes him an excellent fit for our team, and we are excited to see the impact he will have on the team’s performance.”
Coach Dagenais has high expectations for himself as well as the franchise. “We are going to build something special in Atlanta. Something special for the city, the fans of sports, and the women who have the burning desire to compete at the highest levels. We are going to make sure these women do not get lost in a quadrennial shuffle. They will experience world class and career building training and competition on our team.”
“The world is watching what happens with this league. Not only do American players long for a professional opportunity at home, but hearing from elite international players, they are looking for an opportunity to play in America. We now have a pipeline for the youth players to play professionally at home, “Dagenais continued. “Atlanta is such a beautiful city with a rich culture. It’s a major city who appreciates athletics and the entertainment value athletics provides. Atlanta is experiencing exponential growth in the volleyball market making it a perfect fit. Thank you to the Atlanta franchise for believing I’m the person who will make this team a championship team. I’m fortunate to be a part of this endeavor at the beginning stages. I can’t wait to dig in and build this with the greater Atlanta community”.
- Dagenais’ tenure in Orlando was highlighted by six trips to the NCAA Championships:
- 2014 (25 wins and the Knights’ first ticket to the NCAA Championships since 2003)
- 2018 (undefeated in conference play)
- 2019 (winner of the inaugural AAC championship tournament—with first NCAA Championship victory coming versus Florida State on Dec. 5, 2019, also securing Dagenais’ spot as UCF volleyball’s all-time winningest head coach, passing Lucy McDaniel for his 237th career win)
- 2020 (undefeated against AAC opponents for second time in program history)
- 2021 (27-7 overall and 19-1 in The American for the most AAC wins in program history)
- 2022 (28-2 overall and 19-1 in conference play, fifth consecutive conference title after defeating Houston in the last regular season match of the season)
- First-round NCAA victories in 2019, 2021 and 2022
Dagenais mentored many of the best players in UCF history. He guided players to14 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors and to24 all-region laurels. Thirty-eight student-athletes garnered all-conference honors over the 15 seasons under Dagenais. Most recently McKenna Melville in 2022 became UCF’s first AVCA first-team All-American after also earning her third consecutive AAC Player of the Year award and being named 2022 Academic All-America of the Year for volleyball by College Sports Communicators.
USA Volleyball Experience
- Dagenais earned a long list of coaching opportunities with USA Volleyball:
- He was part of the coaching group that picked the 2018 Collegiate Women’s National Team.
- In June 2016 he was selected to be a co-head coach of the 2016 Collegiate Women’s National Team.
- In 2011 and 2012, he coached the U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Programs.
- At the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, he directed the USA Women’s Junior A2 Team to the bronze medal of the Women’s Junior Championship Division.
- In the summer of 2009, Dagenais served as a member of the staff at the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
- He was the head coach for the 2007 USA White Select National Team that won the silver medal at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
- He spent the 2006 season with USA Volleyball, working to identify and develop future national team players.
- He was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching delegation to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Previous Coaching Stops
Before assuming the post at UCF, Dagenais spent three seasons as the assistant head coach at USC, helping guide the Trojans to a 29-5 record and a trip to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. USC closed out that campaign ranking third in the final AVCA poll. From 1998-2003 he served as associate head volleyball coach at Michigan State, as the Spartans competed in the NCAA Championship all five seasons. Dagenais was also an assistant coach at Northern Michigan in 1998, serving as recruiting and travel coordinator for the Wildcats.
Dagenais received his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine (with an emphasis in exercise physiology) from Central Michigan in 1995. He played on the Chippewas’ men’s club team for four years and was also a certified athletic trainer.