Gilad Doron is going into his fourth year at the helm of the volleyball team in 2019 after being named head coach in April of 2016. He is just the third head coach in program history.
In 2018, Dartmouth moved up in the conference standings one again to sit in fifth place with an overall record of 10-15 and an Ivy League record of 5-9. The season was highlighted by the Big Green's first win over Harvard since 2015 and conference victories over Penn, Brown twice and Columbia. Dartmouth had 3-0 wins over seven opponents (Siena, Lafayette, Seton Hall, St. Francis (N.Y.), Penn, Columbia and Bryant). Zoe Leonard was named both second team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy.
In 2017, the Big Green moved up in the Ivy League standings from the year before to finish in sixth with an overall record of 10-13 and a 6-8 conference mark. Dartmouth took down Penn (for the first time since 2006) and Princeton (for the first time since 2015) to end the season on a high note. At the conclusion of 2017, Sara Lindquist was named both CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Ivy, while Tori Dozier was selected to the All-Ivy Honorable Mention team.
During his first season as head coach of the Big Green in 2016, Dartmouth finished in eighth place with an overall record of 9-16 and 2-12 in Ivy League play. At the conclusion of the season, Emily Astarita was named All-Ivy League Honorable Mention, First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Ivy. She became just the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills.
Doron came to Hanover from the University of San Francisco, where he spent nine years as the Dons’ head coach and three as the co-head coach of the beach volleyball team. Compiling the winningest record in USF history, he boasted an overall record of 131-130 and a program-best 60 victories against West Coast Conference foes during his stint in the Golden Gate City.
Prior to his appointment at USF in March of 2007, Doron served as head coach at Villanova for three seasons (2004-06) and as an assistant coach at Temple (1996-99). He also founded the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy, a nationally ranked club comprised of five teams of players between the ages of 14-18.
Doron began his coaching career in his native Israel as the head men’s volleyball coach for the Mate Asher Professional Club, where he mentored national team players from Israel, the Czech Republic, Romania and Croatia. He led his teams to the 1994 Israeli Championship and the finals of the 1995 Israel Cup.
An accomplished player himself, 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 aforementioned Mate Asher, helping lead the club to four Israeli League titles and a pair of Israeli Cup championships.
Doron graduated from Temple in 2000 with a degree in business administration.