Danielle MacKnight begins her seventh year as head coach of the Adelphi University women's volleyball team after serving as interim head coach for part of the 2006 season.
MacKnight and the Panthers posted the program’s sixth straight 20-win season in 2012, culminating in the program’s sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth and third consecutive appearance in the NCAA...
In her fourth year in 2010, Adelphi volleyball posted another 20-win season and earned their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Adelphi also advanced to the Regional Semifinals for the first time in the program's history after a 3-2 victory over C.W. Post in the first round. MacKnight guided the Panthers to a 12-4 mark in Northeast-10 play and advanced the Panthers into the conference semifinals. The Panthers had three girls receive All-Conference recognition, a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, and two AVCA All-Region Honorees.
In her third year in 2009, MacKnight guided the Panthers to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. She also led the Panthers to a 27-10 record, her third consecutive season with 27 wins. The Panthers posted a 14-1 mark in league play in their first year in the Northeast-10 Conference. They finished second in the regular season standings and fell to UMass Lowell in the NE-10 Finals. MacKnight also received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award as one of the top Thirty Coaches under the age of 30 in the nation at all levels. Also in 2009, the Panthers produced three All-Region players, three All-Conference, and two on the NE-10 All-Academic Team.
In the 2008 season, MacKnight guided her Panther squad to a 27-11 overall record, 11-5 in ECC action. The 27 wins tied the record for most wins set a season earlier during her first year. The Panthers made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals and had three All-Conference performers and two All-Region selections.
Under her direction, the 2007 season proved to be a record setting one as she coached the Panthers to a 7-2 ECC record, finishing in second place, the highest conference finish to date. They finished 27-8 which is a school record for wins including an 11-game win streak which set another school record. She produced two All-Conference players and the team earned the school's first ever NCAA Northeast Regional bid. MacKnight also earned ECC Co-Coach of the Year and was honored by the Nassau County Sports Commission as Female College Coach of the Year.
Prior to her appointment, MacKnight had been the assistant coach for the past two seasons, helping Adelphi to 31-25 overall record.
MacKnight earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stony Brook in 2005, where she was a four-year member and starter on the Seawolves volleyball team from 2001-04.
She currently holds the school record for block assists in a career (318) and holds the single match record for attack percentage (.800).
In addition MacKnight is ranked second all-time in total blocks (425) and third in blocks per game (1.06).