Former Wildcat standout Dana Burkholder enters her first season as an assistant coach at Arizona, where she will work with the setters and assist with recruiting.
Burkholder spent the past two and a half years in sales and marketing for Bear Essential News for Kids, where she managed advertising, sales and production for the Tucson edition. In a one year period, she increased company sales by 30 percent.
For four months in 2003, Burkholder was a selected member of the U.S. National Volleyball Association, where she trained with the elite players in the U.S. and participated in international competition.
From August 2003-May 2004, Burkholder served as the women’s and men’s varsity volleyball coach at Mountain View High School. She also served as a student assistant for the 2002 Arizona team and has been an instructor at the Dave Rubio Summer Volleyball Camp each of the past seven years.
Burkholder, a two-time first-team All-American setter, is Arizona’s only Pac-10 Player of the Year (2000) and a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. Arizona’s career leader in assists, she led Arizona to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including three Sweet 16s, two Elite Eights and the school’s only Final Four appearance in 2001. Burkholder also served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was the Women’s Sports Foundation College Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Burkholder earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art history and creative writing from the University of Arizona in 2002.