Dan Bithell brings 25 years of collegiate coaching experience to Zona. He has been the head coach at Pima Community College since 2000. Prior to assuming the head coaching job, he was an assistant and a volunteer for six years. During his tenure at Pima, Dan has mentored 20 All Conference players, three NJCAA All Americans and 27 NJCAA Academic All American players. His teams have qualified for the NJCAA Region I, DII tournament on 6 occasions and have been nominated for the academic team of the year on five occasions.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Dan has 17 years of club coaching experience. For the past four seasons, Dan has coached with the 17U/18U travel teams at Zona. In 2017, Dan helped the 17-1 team earn a Gold Medal (Southern Arizona's first) at the USAV Junior Olympics. From 2002-2006, Dan was an assistant coach at the 18U level with Zona. In 2006, Dan was an assistant coach for the first team from Southern Arizona to qualify for the USAV Junior Olympics. Prior to his current stint with Zona, Dan was a Co-Director and Head Coach for VBC Dinamo for 8 seasons that included a 16U Bronze Medal finish at the USAV Junior Olympics in 2013. In 2009, Dan was the assistant coach for Dinamo's 16U team that became the first team from Southern Arizona to compete internationally as they traveled to Moscow, Russia and placed 5th at the Victor Filipchenko Memorial Tournament. Through coaching various elite teams, Dan has helped in preparing and placing some of Tucson’s finest volleyball players in colleges such as; New Mexico State University, University of the Pacific, Seattle University, Oberlin College, Auburn University, New Mexico Highlands University, Columbia, Quincy University, Rice University, Tennessee State University, Northern Arizona University, Northern Colorado University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Pepperdine University and the University of Maryland.
Dan is a native of San Diego, but has called Tucson his home for 27 years. In his free time he enjoys photography, riding his mountain and road bikes and playing volleyball