Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball recently completed its coaching staff for the upcoming season with the addition of Mark Dannhoff as an assistant coach.
The 2010-11 season will be Dannhoff's 20th year as a college coach, having most recently worked in the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Texas - Pan American during the 2008-09 season.
The newly named assistant coach brings his defensive expertise to help elevate the Islanders to the top of the Southland after finishing third in scoring defense a season ago.
"I really thought being able to get Mark Dannhoff this year really helped us," said head coach Perry Clark. "Whenever you can get a guy who has been a head coach and has as much experience as he does in the business, it really helps you be able to do a lot of different things."
In all, he has been an assistant coach on nine collegiate coaching staffs and a head coach at Northland Community College for five seasons. He was also the interim head coach at Texas - Pan American during his stint with the Broncs.
Dannhoff started his career as an assistant at his alma mater, Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he coached for two seasons after receiving his bachelor's degree. While on the coaching staff, Dannhoff earned his master's degree in education with an emphasis on physical education and athletic administration.
He then moved on to be the head coach at Northland Community College in Minnesota in 1992. Under Dannhoff, the team win total improved every season, including during the 1995-96 season when his team won the Northern Division Championship and garnered an MCCC Regional Tournament invitation.
Dannhoff spent one season each at Arkansas Tech and Arkansas - Little Rock before moving to Centenary College for a year, and then a single season at New Orleans where the team improved its record by eight wins.
Following his stint with the Privateers, Dannhoff spent four seasons at Tulane as an assistant coach and also served as the coordinator of scouting and camps. He followed his time at Tulane with two seasons at Georgia State and a year at Mercer.
From Mercer, he moved to UTPA where he spent the 2008-09 season on the Broncs coaching staff. Dannhoff then took a year off from the college game and returned home where he helped coach an AAU team in Wisconsin.
In addition to coaching responsibilities, Dannhoff will be a key contributor to the Islanders scouting, recruiting and game preparation efforts.
"I think his personality really fits, he is extremely organized and I think it is a tremendous plus," said Clark. "He will take a lot of burden and responsibility off of me and the other coaches."
The Islanders continue the overall improvement with the addition of Dannhoff and look to compete for a Southland Conference championship during the upcoming season.