Dana Warner Announced as Monroe Mustangs Women’s Basketball Head Coach
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., July 11, 2018 – The Monroe College Department of Athletics announced on Thursday the hiring of Dana Warner as the new head coach of the Monroe Mustangs women's basketball program. Warner has experience at Monroe as both a player and a coach, most recently serving as the Mustangs men's basketball team's associate head coach. "I am truly honored and thankful that Monroe College has given me the opportunity to become the head coach of the women's basketball program," said Warner. "Our women's program has had National Championship success at the Division II and Division III levels. I am appreciative of the wonderful opportunity I have to help build the program back toward its winning ways, and ultimately compete for a National Championship at the Division I level." Warner joined the Mustangs for the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program. A successful run as the team's top assistant eventually led to his promotion to associate head coach prior to the 2015 campaign. Warner began his collegiate playing career at Monroe in 1998, playing two seasons with the Mustangs. He averaged 13.7 points per game in his sophomore season, and helped lead the Mustangs to their first-ever Region Championship at the Division I level after the team finished 22-10. He graduated from Monroe in 2000 with an associate's degree in business management. Warner then moved on to Slippery Rock University on an athletic scholarship, where he was able to earn a PSAC Player of the Week award during his lone season with The Rock. After a year with Slippery Rock, Warner transferred to City College of New York (CCNY) for his senior campaign. At CCNY, he was a First-Team All-CUNYAC All-Star, averaging 18 points and six assists per game. Warner helped lead the Beavers to a CUNYAC Championship title, and was selected as the championship tournament MVP. He was also picked as a Met Basketball Writers First-Team All-Star and a Third-Team All-Atlantic Region Team member. While working to finish his bachelor's in management and administration, Warner worked as an assistant coach with the CCNY men's basketball team. After graduation, he traveled to China for a Nike Initiative to train and teach Chinese national basketball players prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Warner then returned to New York, where he coached boys and girls at The Anderson School in New York City, and started coaching the Mustangs as a part-time assistant coach. He began working full-time at Monroe in 2012, working his way up to associate head coach in 2015. Warner takes over a Mustangs women's basketball team that finished 17-11 overall in 2017-18. He has coached dozens of student-athletes that have moved on to four-year schools after finishing their careers at Monroe. Warner has also helped coach the men's basketball team to four NJCAA National Championship Tournament appearances, four District 3 Championship titles and six Region XV Championships. ABOUT THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM AT MONROE COLLEGE The athletic program at Monroe College encompasses a total of 28 teams competing across nine sports. There are 18 varsity and junior varsity programs, as well as club men's and women's rugby, and the newly added club men's volleyball team, competing on the New Rochelle campus as the Monroe Mustangs (NJCAA Division I). The Monroe Express, based out of the Bronx campus as of the fall of 2017, has seven teams competing at the NJCAA Division III level.