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In just two years at Bowling Green, BGSU Head Coach Danijela Tomic has taken the Falcon volleyball team to heights never reached before. The program won just its second MAC Tournament Championship in 2012 and won a match in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, advancing to the second round.
Tomic is 36-27 in her two seasons at the helm of the program (for a career mark of 194-88), which includes a mark of 23-9 in Mid-American Conference play. In 2013, the Falcons defeated No. 13 BYU, the first victory in program history over a ranked opponent.
BGSU volleyball went 27-36 in the two seasons prior to Tomic’s arrival, but the team went 22-11 overall and 13-3 in MAC play in her first season. The Falcons finished the regular season in second place in the league before winning the MAC Tournament over Northern Illinois in five sets.
With the MAC Tournament victory, Bowling Green earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the Falcons faced Ivy League Champion Yale in the first round. The Falcons again won a five-setter before losing to No. 1 Penn State in the second round.
BGSU has become a determined and tough-minded team under Tomic, winning 10 consecutive five-set matches at one point – three of which came during the 2012 postseason run.
In two years, Tomic’s teams have compiled an array of awards, including four first-team all-conference honors, a second-team all-conference honoree, a MAC All-Freshman team selection, two members of the MAC All-Tournament Team, the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, nine MAC Player of the Week honors and two MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. Eight Falcons have been named Academic All-MAC in the past two years and nine others have earned honorable mention accolades.
Prior to her arrival at Bowling Green, Tomic was a three-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year at Florida International. In seven years as head coach at FIU, she had a record of 158-61.
A 1999 graduate of Arkansas-Little Rock, Tomic was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009, guiding the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in each of those last two seasons. The 2009 team set a program record by going 32-4, which included a 17-0 mark in conference play.
Tomic took over at FIU in 2005 and made an immediate impact as her team improved by 12 wins over the previous season and reached the SBC Tournament as the No. 6 seed after missing out in two of the previous three years.
In seven years at FIU, her players earned six AVCA All-American awards, two Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors, and 24 All-Sun Belt Conference awards. Under her tutelage, one athlete was named AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year.
Tomic also demands well-rounded student-athletes as her team earned the Dr. Paul D. Gallagher Community Service Award in 2008, presented to the FIU team that has gone the extra mile in performing community service throughout the year. She had 20 selections to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List (grade point average of 3.5 or better) and 27 selections to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to her time at FIU, Tomic was an assistant coach at LSU during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Before that, she spent six years as an assistant coach at UALR from 1997-03. She played at UALR from 1995-97 as an outside hitter, right side hitter, and setter, helping to lead the team to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. She was named Most Valuable Player of the SBC Tournament that year and recorded a tournament record 32 digs during the championship match in 1996.
A graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2013, Tomic is also a member of The Alliance of Women Coaches.
Tomic replaced legendary coach Denise Van De Walle at Bowling Green, who served 29 years as the Falcons’ head coach before announcing her retirement. Van De Walle is the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history, posting a 527-378 career mark and earning four MAC Coach of the Year awards.
A native of Catici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tomic graduated from UALR in 1999 with a degree in health education.