INDIANAPOLIS - Two former college standouts, Dana Daprile and Nikki Fowler, have been added to the Butler volleyball coaching staff. Daprile played four years at Butler and Fowler was a four-year starter at Tennessee.
Daprile, a native of Bargersville, Ind., comes to Butler after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. While with the Lady Vols, Daprile assisted them to consecutive second-round berths in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee posted a 49-15 mark with Daprile on staff.
While at Tennessee, Daprile was in charge of travel, film exchange, practive hours logging and aspects of scouting. She also worked with the Lady Vols staff for CHAMPS life skills events.
"It's great to have alumni want to come back and be a part of the program," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We are thrilled to add someone of Dana's character to our staff. She epitomizes The Butler Way."
Daprile was a four-year starter at setter for BU and played from 2005-08. She finished her career fifth in Butler history with 3,320 assists, an average of 8.56 assists per set. Daprile also tallied 523 kills and 195 blocks in a Bulldog uniform.
Fowler earned a long list of accolades during her standout career at Tennessee. In addition to being picked as a COSIDA Academic All-American, she was a three-time AVCA All-American honoree and first team All-SEC player three times.
Fowler finished her playing career in the school's top 10 in seven categories. A native of Dallas, Texas, she stands first all-time in attacks (4,426), third in attacks per set (9.54), fourth in kills (1,649), sixth in kills per set (3.55), sixth in digs (1,281), seventh in digs per set (2.76) and eighth in blocks (344). During her senior year, she was voted SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year.
"Nikki has a history of exceeding expectations in everything she does. As an Academic All-American, she excelled both on the court and in the classroom at Tennessee," Clark said. "Her enthusiasm for providing the best quality experience for our student-athletes is infectious and will be a great addition to our program."
Butler finished 21-10 last season, winning the Horizon League Volleyball Championship and earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The Bulldogs, who return four starters from last year's title team, are 45-20 over the past two seasons.