Danielle Marante was named the head women’s volleyball coach at Tusculum University in January 2019.
In her first season as the TU leader, the Pioneers went 15-14 (12-10 SAC), the winningest season since 2014, and reached the conference tournament for the first time in two years. The Greeneville team finished in a tied for fifth in the South Atlantic Conference standings, landing them the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Tusculum defeated Division I USC Upstate in the Spartans' home gym as her second collegiate coaching victory. The team also swept season-series against UVa-Wise, Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba, Newberry, and Coker in SAC play. Academically, 15 of her players were named to the Tusculum Athletic Director's Fall Honor Roll and was increased to 19 for the spring semester. In the 2019-20 season, the Pioneers racked up numerous honors: SAC Minority Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, AVCA Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA First Team All-Region honoree, SAC Freshman of the Year, three All-Conference selections, two SAC All-Freshman Team members, four Zaxby's Athletes of the Week, two Applebee's Student-Athletes of the Month, and one SAC Player of the Week.
Marante also took over the 2020 beach volleyball coaching role on an interim basis before COVID-19 shortened the season. The Pioneers went 2-8 in her temporary stint, facing Division I UNC Wilmington and four Florida powerhouses to end the year. In the classroom, 19 were named to the Athletic Director's Spring Honor Roll.
A four-time NCAA Division II All-American at the University of Tampa, Marante came to Greeneville after two seasons on the women’s volleyball staff at Marshall University. While at the Huntington, West Virginia school, she served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and mentored two All-Conference USA standouts in Madison Hill and Ciara Debell, along with All-Freshman selection Addisyn Rowe.
Prior to Marshall, Marante served as the head volleyball coach for the Tampa Preparatory School during the 2016-2017 academic year, while also working with the Tampa Bay One/Rogue Volleyball Club for three years. She also has five years of experience in the education sector and three more in the fitness industry, serving as a personal trainer.
As a student-athlete, she had one of the most successful careers in the history of the Tampa volleyball program, becoming just the fourth player in the history of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) to earn All-America honors four times. She was also an All-Sunshine State Conference selection and an All-Region choice in each of her four seasons with the Spartans and was selected as the 1999 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and the 1996 SSC Freshman of the Year.
During her playing career, she led the Spartans to four SSC Championships while posting a 52-4 league record (.929) in her four seasons at Tampa. The Spartans also accounted for a 128-17 overall record (.883), which included four trips to the NCAA II Tournament. Tampa finished as national runner-up in 1996 and 1999 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1998.
Marante was the first Tampa student-athlete to be voted the Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year and is the all-time leader in assists at both Tampa and the SSC, having dished out 6,213 for her career. For her efforts, she was inducted to the University of Tampa Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame in 2006. She was also named the top player for the SSC Silver Anniversary Team.
She graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and later earned her master’s degree in education in 2003 from Fayetteville State University.