Dave Gantt enters his seventh year at the helm of the Gonzaga University women’s volleyball program in 2015.
During his six years at the school, Gonzaga has been a program on the rise. The Bulldogs have increased their win total in each of the last four seasons, culminating with 17 wins in 2014, tied for the school’s most since 1994. Eight of those wins came from always-difficult West Coast Conference play that season, the most in 24 years.
Also in 2014, the Zags established a high-powered offense, finishing among the top 20 in the nation in kills, kills per set, assists, and assists per set. The 2014 Gonzaga was one of the best in program history finishing with higher numbers in many categories than in at least the 10 previous seasons. Gantt also helped outside hitter Savannah Blinn elevate her game to All-American levels as the redshirt junior earned All-American Honorable Mention from the AVCA and was the first Zag to do so since 1992.
Over the years, Gantt has helped 10 different players earn conference honors, headlined by Blinn’s back-to-back First Team All-WCC awards in 2013 and 2014. Blinn was the first First Team All-WCC player Gonzaga had seen since 1994. Also, three Zags have earned a spot on the All-Freshman team thanks to Gantt, including Blinn in 2012 and both Lindsay Palmer and Imani Wimbush in 2013. Additionally, the Zags have seen at least two players earn a spot on the conference’s All-Academic team in each year of Gantt’s tenure.
Gonzaga saw an immediate turnaround during 2009, Gantt’s first year at the help. He led the Zags to 10 wins and a 5-9 WCC mark, the program’s best finish in eight years.
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 prior to Gonzaga.
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 was considered one of the best volleyball leagues in the country at the time as well.
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.
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. His first 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.
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.