The Holy Names University Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of HNU alumnus Dave Covell as the Hawks’ new head women’s basketball coach.
“Coach Covell is a great addition to HNU Athletics and an excellent fit for the HNU Community. His coaching experience, passion for the game of basketball and eagerness to provide a positive experience for student-athletes assures a bright future for our women’s basketball program,” stated HNU’s Director of Athletics, Dennis Jones.
Covell comes to HNU after spending nine seasons as the head women’s coach at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California. Prior to HNU’s move into the NCAA DII Pacific West Conference, the Hawks competed against Cal Maritime in the NAIA California Pacific Conference. Covell has led his team to the Cal Pac Conference playoffs in consecutive years.
Coach Covell was successful at Cal Maritime. Over his nine years of coaching at the NAIA level he mentored over 15 all conference players, two NAIA All-Americans and was named Cal Pac Conference Coach of the Year in 2009-10. Covell has taken his team to the finals and semi-finals in the Cal Pac Conference Tournament the past five seasons. Prior to Cal Maritime, Covell served as Assistant Coach at Porterville College in Porterville California.
“I want to thank the search committee for their hard work and giving me the opportunity to be the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Holy Names University. Having graduated from Holy Names it will be an honor to help transition the school into the NCAA Division II. With the talent and experience that is returning to the 2013-14 season I am very excited to step into this role.”
Coach Covell takes over an HNU program that produced a 7-11 conference season in 2012-13, their first season in the PacWest.
Dave Covell is a native of Sebastopol, California. He earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Holy Names College in 2002 and his MA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2006. While at HNU he was a member of the men’s basketball team helping the Hawks to two national tournament appearances.