DANA CRANSTON | ASSISTANT COACH
The 2018 season is Dana Cranston’s second year as an assistant coach with the Montana volleyball program.
She oversees the Grizzlies’ middle blockers and in-match blocking assignments, in addition to scouting preparation. Under Cranston’s guidance, Montana jumped 132 spots nationally from 2016 to 2017, increasing its block total from 1.42 per set to 1.99.
Cranston was hired in February 2017 after spending one season as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Colorado State. The Rams won 21 matches and advanced to their 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament in 2016.
A native of Fort St. John, B.C., Cranston, who competed for CSU as an outside hitter from 2009-12, is one of the top players in Colorado State history. She earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior and senior, and in 2012 was named the league’s Player of the Year. Additionally, Cranston was an AVCA All-American, a Capital One Academic All-American and a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
The Rams went 96-25 in four years with Cranston on the roster, winning four Mountain West titles and advancing to the NCAA tournament each season. There, the Rams picked up wins over Cal State Fullerton, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon and Washington, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2009.
Cranston spent five years in the Team Canada system, much of it alongside former Griz standout Jaimie Thibeault. They were teammates on Canada’s national team that represented its country for three summers of international competitions across the world, nearly qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games. During that time, Cranston also played professionally in both France and Germany.
Cranston, who earned a degree in business administration from Colorado State in 2013, is married to Montana sports information director Nic Hallisey.