Daniel (Dan) Altro

Club Director

CoDirector and Head Coach Daniel Altro, Dan as he is most commonly known as in the volleyball world, has been running and/or coaching Downstate Juniors since 1993.
Dan started his coaching career in the summer of 1984 coaching track and field for the Westchester PAL. Volleyball entered Dans life at Bill Schrohs 4th of July backyard family BBQ and also at Running camp during the summer of 1983 where he played pickup volleyball with his Ossining High School Cross Country teammates and other campers. In December 1985 Dan joined the Navy. While stationed at NAS in Pensacola, FL in 1986, he fell into a group of volleyballers and started playing real volleyball in both indoor and beach. While in the Navy Dan also participated in various Navy teams competing and coaching in the United States and throughout Europe. During the fall of 1991, Dan returned to New York and in the winter of 1993 met Arthur Prusan, then Director of Downstate Juniors, and the rest is history!

Under coach Dans guidance, Downstate has produced numerous NCAA Division I and II scholarship athletes. Several of his former players have gone on to achieve allAmerican status in college. In addition to these honors, several of his players have played professionally in Europe and Puerto Rico.

Coach Dan with 19 years of college coaching experience, has head coached at Dominican College, Pace University, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Western Connecticut State University (Associate Head Coach) and New York City Technical College amassing four NCAA, two ECAC and almost every season's conference play off appearances. Dan has also coached at Carmel High School, Haldane High School (3rd place NY State Championships), Byram Hills High School, and as the Assistant coach at Woodham High School, FL. From 1994 till it's last year of competition, Dan was the Empire State Games Hudson Valley Region Volleyball director as well as head coach for the Women's Scholastic team and on a few occasions the Men's, Women's or Boy's teams as well Dan even found time to play on the men's team once in a while. Dan has also coached Track and Field and Cross Country at the High School level.