Dante Geoffrey enters his second season at the helm of Lopes Volleyball after a highly successful inaugural campaign in 2016.
Lamar's improvement was marked in their record, postseason success, player recognition and statistical progress.
The Lopes got back to .500 with a 17-17 finish in 2016, a season capped with a pair of playoff victories, the most for the program in more than a decade. Three Lopes were named to the All Region IX-South team -- including the Libero of the Year -- and two were named to the All-Tournament team.
The stats show the progress and process that led to greater results for the Lopes under Coach Dante.
Lamar went from 8.43 kills/set in 2015 to 10.11 kills/set in 2016; 7.36 assists/set to 9.98; 0.79 aces/set to 1.97 and 16.06 digs/set to 19.05. The 1.97 aces/set ranked eighth in the nation and the 19.05 digs/set ranked ninth.
Coach Dante moved to the Region IX-South to begin his head coaching career in the spring of 2016 after a pair of highly successful seasons in Region IX-North.
Before his arrival in Lamar, Coach Dante was the assistant coach at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where he served for two years under head coach Shaun Pohlman. During his time on the Northwest bench, the Trappers made back-to-back Final Four appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Trappers won consecutive Region IX-North titles while amassing an overall record of 63-13 (23-1 in Region IX-North) from 2015-16. Northwest was ranked in the top five of the national polls for the entirety of the 2015 season, including a peak at No. 2 overall.
He coached three All-Americans and multiple athletes that went on to continued success at the NCAA DI, NCAA DII and NAIA levels.
Coach Dante graduated from Sacramento State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He grew up in Oakley, California, and played three years of varsity volleyball for Freedom High School.