Former Villanova Coach Joins USF Volleyball


GILAD DORON, who spent the last three years as head volleyball coach at Villanova University guiding the Wildcats to back-to-back winning seasons, has been named head coach at the University of San Francisco.

“Gilad Doron is a great fit for USF. He brings a combination of technical knowledge and genuine passion to USF volleyball along with phenomenal organizational skills,” said USF Director of Athletics Debra Gore-Mann.

Doron replaces Jeff Nelson, who resigned to take the head coach job at the University of New Mexico after leading USF volleyball to its most successful four-year run in program history. Doron inherits a team with all but one player returning and with one of the highest-touted recruiting classes in school history.

“I am really looking forward to this opportunity and the chance to be part of something special with USF volleyball,” Doron said.

Doron compiled a 46-44 overall record at Villanova and led the team to the Big East Tournament in 2005. The Wildcats posted a 12-win improvement from 2004 to 2005, the second best turnaround in Big East history. Doron served as assistant coach at Temple University from 1996-2000, helping guide the team to three straight Atlantic 10 titles and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

In between his time at Temple and Villanova, Doron founded the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy for players aged 14 to 18. Doron also spent three years as head girls volleyball coach for Synergy Volleyball Club in Philadelphia.

Doron began his coaching career in Israel as the head men’s coach for the Mate Asher Professional Volleyball Club. Doron led his teams to the 1994 Israeli championship and the finals of the 1995 Israel Cup. Mate Asher was also a qualifier in the European League in 1996.

An accomplished player, Doron competed for the Israeli national team for 10 years and was part of the squad that placed fourth in the World University Games in Japan in 1995. He played 12 seasons with Mate Asher, helping lead the club to four Israeli League titles and two Israeli Cup championships.

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