Mark Dannhoff began his tenure on the staff at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2011. The 2010-11 season was Dannhoff’s 20th year as a college coach.
The native of La Crosse, Wis., is known for his work in coaching defense. In 2011-12, the Islanders finished just outside the upper half of the Southland in scoring defense, and allowed three points per game fewer than they did the previous season. The Islanders also finished fourth in the league in blocked shots and held UTSA, the league’s leader in three-point shooting, to just 28 percent from the outside in the two games with the Roadrunners.
In the 2013-14 season, the Islanders defensive efforts began to grow into fruition, as the team finished second in the league, allowing 68.0 points per game. Additionally, opponents shot .443 from the field – fifth in the Southland – and just .329 from beyond the arc, a total that led the league. The team also allowed a program-record-low 37 points in a win over Lamar in January.
In all, he has been an assistant coach on nine collegiate coaching staffs and a head coach at Northland Community College for five seasons. He was also the interim head coach at Texas – Pan American during his stint with the Broncs.
Dannhoff started his career as an assistant at his alma mater, Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he coached for two seasons after receiving his bachelor’s degree. While on the coaching staff, Dannhoff earned his master’s degree in education with an emphasis on physical education and athletic administration.
He then moved on to be the head coach at Northland Community College in Minnesota in 1992. Under Dannhoff, the team win total improved every season, including during the 1995-96 season when his team won the Northern Division Championship and garnered an MCCC Regional Tournament invitation.
Dannhoff spent one season each at Arkansas Tech and Arkansas – Little Rock before moving to Centenary College for a year, and then a single season at New Orleans where the team improved its record by eight wins. Following his stint with the Privateers, Dannhoff spent four seasons at Tulane as an assistant coach and also served as the coordinator of scouting and camps. He followed his time at Tulane with two seasons at Georgia State and a year at Mercer.
From Mercer, he moved to UTPA where he spent the 2008-09 season on the Broncs coaching staff. Dannhoff then took a year off from the college game and returned home where he helped coach an AAU team in Wisconsin.
In addition to coaching responsibilities, Dannhoff is a key contributor to the Islanders scouting, recruiting and game preparation efforts. He is an NABC Assistant Coaches Committee member representing the Southland Conference.