Santa Clara, Calif. – Santa Clara University announced Wednesday Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan recently signed a new long-term five year contract. The contract will run through the summer of 2015.
"We are pleased to offer Dan Coonan this contract renewal. He brings both vision and integrity to the role of Director of Athletics and Recreation. Dan understands well the mission and values of Santa Clara University and actively promotes them with our coaches and student-athletes,” said SCU President Father Michael Engh.
“My wife Donna and I are thrilled to be renewing our commitment to Santa Clara for another five years,” said Coonan. “I continue to be inspired by this great University, its students and all that it stands for. I want to thank Father Engh for his continued faith in me and acknowledge all of the coaches and Athletics staff members whose effort and hard work on behalf of Santa Clara over the past six years undoubtedly influenced the University's decision to proceed with this contract. They are a very special group of people, and it is truly a pleasure to work alongside them every day. We relish our role within the University to help shape young lives, and we believe the Department is on the verge of achieving something very special.”
Since taking over as the Director of Athletics and Recreation on August 27, 2004, Coonan has helped take the Broncos to new heights on the fields, in the classroom and in the community. In the past six years, the Broncos have won two WCC Commissioner's Cups, finishing as the runner-up twice. They have won 10 WCC Championships, and teams or athletes from 10 different sports have advanced to post-season play at least once. Twenty Bronco teams have advanced to NCAA Tournaments - two reaching the Final Four, including volleyball in 2005 - the first time a WCC volleyball team achieved that milestone. Two more teams reached the national quarterfinals. The Broncos have had one National Player of the Year, 21 All-Americans, and ten Conference Players of the Year. Five different programs have appeared at least once in the top 15 national rankings among Division I programs, 10 Bronco coaches have been named Coach of the Year and one was National Coach of the Year.
Academically, the Broncos have also been record-setting. Cross country captain Noelle Lopez was honored as the first-ever Santa Clara female Rhodes Scholar in 2009. Santa Clara University's student-athletes posted a 3.13 grade point average (GPA) for the Spring 2010 quarter. It is the highest grade point average on record for Santa Clara, topping the 3.11 grade point average the Bronco student-athletes posted in the Winter 2009 quarter. Santa Clara's student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better 10 of the last 11 quarters. Santa Clara's cumulative GPA for its student-athletes is 3.08.
In addition, Coonan has challenged Bronco student-athletes to give back to their community. Community service is now a central theme of the mission of the Athletic Department, mirroring the mission of the University. Bronco teams frequently take immersion trips to some of the world's trouble spots to build homes or provide other assistance to the poor. Coonan serves on the board of Innvision, a Bay Area non-profit organization serving the homeless.