Dave Gantt enters his fifth year at the helm of the Gonzaga University women’s volleyball program in 2013.
Gantt, the former head coach at both Montana State University and Oregon State University, was hired as the fifth head coach in GU program history Jan. 20, 2009. During his tenure with the Zags, Gantt has a 31-84 overall record and a 9-50 West Coast Conference mark.
In his first season (2009) Gantt led the Bulldogs to a 10-18 record with a 5-9 WCC record. That season represented the best finish for Gonzaga in eight years. For the 2012 season, Gantt’s Zags won nine matches for his second-best finish at GU.
2012 also marks the first season a Bulldog under Gantt was named All-WCC. Freshman Savannah Blinn was recognized on the All-WCC Freshman team.
Prior to his appointment at Gonzaga, Gantt was an adjunct professor at Montana State and a collegiate volleyball official. He was the head volleyball coach at Montana State for nine seasons, from 1994-02, compiling a 159-96 record for a .624 winning percentage, including a 72-64 Big Sky Conference record for a .529 winning percentage.
The Bobcats were also ranked in the Top 25 in attendance from 1997-2002, averaging over 1,000 per match annually, with a crowd of approximately 6,500 in attendance for his last match versus the University of Montana. In addition, Gantt's squads were recognized annually for the AVCA team academic award.
The all-time leader in wins at Montana State, Gantt coached 15 Big Sky All-Conference honorees, as well as three Big Sky Freshman of the Year, two Newcomers of the Year and a Defensive Player of the Year. Gantt guided the Bobcats to eight consecutive winnings seasons, to their first even and seven consecutive Big Sky Conference tournament appearances, and averaged 20 wins a season from 1997-2002, with a school best record of 21-6 in 1998. The MSU program also broke into the Pacific Region rankings (WCC, Pac-10, Big Sky) for the first time ever in 2000 and repeated that ranking again in 2002.
Gantt was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for external operations at Montana State from 2003-05 and was the Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation for MSU-Northern from 2005-07.
Having previous head coaching experience at Oregon State University and Northern Montana College, Gantt has accumulated a 226-178 (55.9 percent) career record during his 14-year head coaching career.
Gantt previously served as head coach at Oregon State from 1991-93. During his two-year stint with the Beavers, Gantt led OSU to a 29-36 mark in the Pacific 10 Conference, which is considered one of the best volleyball leagues in the country.
Prior to being named head coach at Oregon State, Gantt was an assistant with the USA Men's National Team from 1990-91. Gantt's duties were to develop new and unknown players and join them with more experienced athletes for major international competitions such as the World Championships and the Goodwill Games.
Gantt's first collegiate head coaching job was at Northern Montana from 1988-89. He was awarded the 1989 Frontier Conference Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Sky Lights to a 24-14 record and the league title.
The California native began his collegiate career as an assistant coach at Montana State under the tutelage of Bill Neville, the former USA Men's National Team head coach.
Gantt entered the volleyball coaching ranks at Belgrade (Mont.) High School from 1982-88. He guided the Panthers to an overall mark of 125-36 during his tenure.
A 1978 graduate of the University of Great Falls, Gantt received his master's degree in physical education from Montana State in 1983.
He is a member of the America Volleyball Coaches Associate and USA Volleyball (USAV). Gantt and his wife, Mary, have two children, Ryan and Alissa.