McPartland Joins Drake University Volleyball Coaching Staff

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Mitchell McPartland has been hired as an assistant coach on the Drake University volleyball coaching staff, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Wednesday, July 13.”I’m incredibly excited to join Darrin and Leslie [Flores-Cloud] and learn from two experienced coaches at the collegiate level,” McPartland said. “I’m looking forward to helping bring Drake to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. I am thankful for Darrin for giving me the opportunity to pursue my goal of coaching women’s college volleyball.”McPartland, a recent Grand View University graduate and native of Boone, Iowa, brings extensive collegiate playing and coaching experience to the Bulldog bench.”I am really excited to have Mitchell join our staff and I think he will be a great fit for our program,” McBroom said. “He brings solid experience to our program and he comes from a volleyball family.  He has a wealth of experience in almost every phase of the game from playing an offensive role for his collegiate team and being an all-conference libero.  I think this diversity of skill sets will allow us to utilize him in a variety of capacities and he is committed to putting in the time that it takes to become successful in this field.”McPartland was a four-year starter on the Grand View men’s volleyball team and helped lead the program to NAIA national runner-up honors in 2016. Prior to that, the team finished third in back-to-back seasons with McPartland being honored as the NAIA North Division Libero of the Year in 2014. He was also a three-time academic all-conference selection.While competing, McPartland also began his coaching career as Grand View’s women’s junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach during the 2015 season. In that role, he guided the JV team to a 23-14 record and claimed the Heart of America Athletic Conference JV tournament title. In his role with the varsity team, he worked primarily with the team’s defensive specialists.In 2014, he served as an assistant coach with the girls’ volleyball team at Boone High School and helped coach the program to a 33-7 record and the team’s first appearance in a Class 4A regional final for the first time in a decade. He also gained experience as a staff member at Iowa State’s summer volleyball camps.In addition to his collegiate and high school coaching experience, McPratland has a deep background in coaching at the club level. He is currently the head coach of the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance’s 16-1 team and previously served as a coach for the All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club and Johnston Volleyball Club.McPartland received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion with a focus in wellness from Grand View in May of 2016, graduating magna cum laude. He was a member of the President’s list and a six-time Dean’s List honoree.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more