Dani Bishop
Dani Bishop
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 781-736-3643
Email: dbishop@brandeis.edu
Year: 3rd
Previous College: Cal-Riverside '07
Pronouns: she/her/hers

In July 2020, Dani Bishop became the sixth head coach in Brandeis softball history. In her first season with the Judges, she led Brandeis to a 13-1 regular season and the second-ever berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Judges finished fourth at their NCAA Regional after pulling off a stunning 10-9 comeback in the opening round against Eastern Connecticut State University. After the season, Brandeis had four team members named to the All-New England team, with Sydney Goldman '22 named a second-team All-American, the fourth All-American in program history. 

Bishop came to Brandeis after five years as the head coach at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. Bishop led Eastern Nazarene to a 99-75 record in her five seasons at the helm, making her the winningest coach in ENC history. She was twice named her conference's Coach of the Year, earning the honors in 2018 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and in 2019 in the New England Collegiate Conference. ENC increased their program-record for wins in a season in each of the last three complete campaigns, culminating in a 29-15 record in 2019 and the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth as champions of the NECC. 

In her tenure at Eastern Nazarene, Bishop coached back-to-back Pitcher and Player of the Year honorees, four All-New England honorees and 18 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athletes.

In addition to her duties as head softball coach at Eastern Nazarene, Bishop served as an instructor in the College's Sports Management program. She served as an instructor for 12 different classes and was the academic advisor for the sports management program. In 2018, she was named ENC's Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare, Diversity and Inclusion, helping to develop the Lions' new student-athlete orientation and developing their NCAA DIII Week social media initiatives.

Prior to her time at Eastern Nazarene, Bishop served as an assistant coach at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California, from 2011 to 2015, and at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, from 2009 to 2010.

Bishop was a three-year letter-winner at Division I University of California, Riverside, playing first base, catcher and designated player. She received her B.A. in history from UC-Riverside in 2007 and her M.S. in kinesiology from California Baptist University in 2009. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Sports Leadership/Administration from Concordia University in Chicago.