Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
Birth Year: 1988
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-6 (200cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90kg)
College: UC Irvine ('12, sociology)

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  • Helped UC Irvine win the 2012 NCAA Men’s D I-II National Championship with a victory over USC and served the final point for an ace
  • Named to the 2012 NCAA All-Tournament Team, Second-Team All-MPSF and Volleyball Magazine Third-Team All-America
  • Played for the U.S. Men at the Pan American Cup in 2012 (silver medal) and 2013 (fifth place)
  • Started playing volleyball as a sophomore in high school after he did not make the baseball team
  • Attended the University of Arizona and played club volleyball until he was spotted by then UC Irvine assistant coach David Kniffin at a tournament in Las Vegas
  • Served as a UC Irvine co-captain his senior year in 2012
  • Graduated from UC Irvine in 2012
  • Has played professionally in France, Brazil and Finland
  • Parents are Kathy and John McDonnell
  • Older brother is Brian (1984) and younger sister is Trish (1992)

“I had zero awareness of college volleyball growing up. In Arizona, boys’ volleyball is not a sport respected a lot. I didn’t know about club volleyball. I spread my talent around a bunch of sports until I found volleyball my sophomore year of high school.” – Dan McDonnell