ALBUQUERQUE, NM— University of New Mexico head volleyball coach Jon Newman-Gonchar has hired Dan Corotan to serve as assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Lobos.
“We are delighted to welcome Dan, his wife Kanani and their two children Lucy and Duke to Albuquerque,” said Newman-Gonchar. “We had an incredibly talented and deep pool of candidates who expressed an interest in joining our program in the role of assistant coach. Dan immediately stood out as a consummate professional from day one. We were ecstatic with his incredibly high experience on the field in developing setters and attackers, and on the recruiting track to identify top talent in the region.
“As the process evolved, it became clear that Dan lived by the exact same core values we aspire to as a program. Every reference I spoke to about Dan mentioned his incredible passion for developing the whole athlete and the quality of the person that Dan is. It’s a really great day for our program and the volleyball community to officially have Dan a Lobo.”
Corotan (pronounced Core-uh-ton) joins the program after spending the past three years in Utah, where the Utes produced stats that were among the best in the highly competitive Pac 12 conference and in the NCAA among his influence.
During his time in Utah, the Utes ranked first in kills in the Pac 12 and eighth in kills per set in the NCAA, second in assists per set in the Pac 12 and 18th in the NCAA, and fourth in the Pac 12 in hit rate and 30th in the NCAA.
Utah reached the NCAA tournament in each of Corotan’s three seasons in Utah, with the Utes finishing 21st in the RPI and 18th in the AVCA Top 25 rankings in 2021. Utah was in seventh place in the spring of 2021 after the conference season started 8-0. In his final season with Utah, the Utes reached the Round of 32 at the NCAA tournament and had a player named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pacific South Region Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American.
In its sophomore season, the volleyball program advanced to the Sweet 16, with one player setting the record for one season in kills, a player setting the record for assists for one season, and one player setting the record for the career program in digs.
In addition to coaching in Utah, Corotan has coached in Utah Valley for three years. During his time at UVU, Corotan coached UVU’s first-ever WAC Freshman of the Year.
A 2014 graduate of BYU with a degree in Korean, Corotan is from Los Alamitos, California, and has a wife (Kanani) and two children (Lucy and Duke).