Holy Names University Athletics announces the hiring of Daniel Eberhardt, to serve as Head Coach for the university’s men’s basketball program. Eberhardt previously served as Associate Head Coach at Cal State East Bay.
“[Daniel Eberhardt] impressed us all with his enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with our men’s basketball program,” says Dr. Debbie Snell, Director of Athletics at HNU. “He has been instrumental in unprecedented success at two separate universities and he attributes that success to establishing a culture. He is determined to develop the men’s basketball culture at HNU by ensuring student-athletes feel valued, are given an opportunity to grow as complete student-athletes and are challenged to become the best version of themselves. He also places strong emphasis on academic success and has a detailed plan for achieving their goals. Please join me in welcoming [Daniel Eberhardt] to HNU. We are so pleased that he is now a Hawk!”
Serving on the Pioneers coaching staff from 2014 through 2020, Eberhardt had many roles and accomplishments. The team set a school record for wins twice during the stretch and received the first ever NCAA Division II regional and national ranking. At CSUEB, Eberhardt coordinated recruiting efforts that led to 10 CCAA All-Conference selections, two All-West Region selections and one CCAA Newcomer of the Year. Off the court, Eberhardt helped develop an academic support plan that led to four consecutive Team Academic Excellence Awards.
Eberhardt was the recruiting and coordinator for the Pioneers. With the team, he oversaw opponent scouting, post and perimeter skill development and directed the strength and conditioning program. His team administrative roles included community service liaison (including the Team Impact Program), academic coordinator, team travel, team operating budget and direction of summer camps.
Before serving at Cal State East Bay, Eberhardt was an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at California Maritime Academy from 2012 to 2014. During that time, the Keelhaulers won consecutive CalPac Conference and Tournament Championships, averaging 25 wins per season. The team achieved the highest NAIA ranking in school history and reached the NAIA National Tournament Sweet 16 in 2012-13.
Eberhardt was responsible for recruiting, scouting, player development, training, community outreach and academic advising at Cal Maritime.
A variety of community activities involved Eberhardt both as a coach. Below are his most notable community activities.
- Served as a Liaison for the Team Impact Program – 2020
- Developed Honorary Coach of the Night Program to Recognize Campus and Community Members – 2014-2020
- South Hayward Parish Volunteer – 2015-2020
- Worked with Make-A-Wish Foundation for family visits during home games – 2017
- Ran Volunteer Youth Basketball Clinic throughout Northern California – 2015
- Developed Elementary Reading Programs “Read with the Pioneers” & “Read with the Keelhaulers” – 2014-18
- Community Service Coordinator for California Maritime Academy Athletic Department – 2013
- Organized Weekly Reading program with Grace Patterson Middle School – 2013
Before coaching on the Keelhaulers’ staff, Eberhardt competed as a student-athlete for two seasons at Cal Maritime. CMA captured its first CalPac Championship during Eberhardt’s senior season, where he also was team captain. He served as President for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, was an All-Conference Student-Athlete and received the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champion of Character Award.
Before playing at Cal Maritime, Eberhardt played two seasons at Grossmont College. In 2009-10, he led the Griffins in points, assists and steals, earning All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Eberhardt’s prep career was played at Woodcreek High School in Roseville, California.
Eberhardt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Logistics from Cal Maritime and a Master of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.
The Hawks, now under the direction of Eberhardt, look to improve from a 2019-20 season in which they went 8-20 overall and 6-16 in Pacific West Conference play.