Mark Dannhoff Recruiting Philosophy

Mark Dannhoff Recruiting Philosophy

Recruiting Philosophy & Characteristics:


Recruiting Philosophy 

The objective we use when recruiting potential student-athletes to our program are very similar to the objectives we have set for the program itself:

1)   We want quality young men who are willing students, both academically and athletically.  The potential student-athlete must have the desire to learn and become a better person, a better student, and a better basketball player as a result of competing for our institution.  The potential student-athlete must have strong morals, values, and ethics.  We not only want young men who go to class, we want young men who have class.

2)   We only recruit young men who have an interest in earning a college degree.  They need to know by choosing to attend our university, it will set them up for life.  Every member of the men’s basketball program must be committed to leave this institution wearing a cap and gown.

3)   Only if the potential student-athlete possesses the above attributes will we look at what this young man can do for our basketball program.  We want student-athletes who want to win a championship, will fight-not back down, compete with the best, and believe in themselves.  Even then, he must not only be talented; he must be a piece of the puzzle that fits into our overall picture.



a)    Toughness & Competitiveness

b)    Intelligence level

                 1)   Can he pick things up

                 2)   Can we change things

                 3)   Does he understand offensive & defensive schemes


c)    Ability to do more than one thing

                 1)   If best ability is taken away…what else can he do


4)   We will attempt to recruit and land one student-athlete a year who is expected to commit to a high major program.  Without compromising the integrity of our program.


“Ability may get you to the top,

 but it takes character to keep you there.”

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Coach Mark Dannhoff has 26 years of basketball experience under his wing and has been an assistant on eight DI collegiate coaching staffs including the likes of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Georgia State University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Mercer University. Currently, Dannhoff is an assistant coach at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and was a head coach at Northland (Minn.) Community College. Dannhoff  has  coached  46 players  who  have  moved  on to  player  at  the Professional level.  Including two players in the NBA and three in the D-NBA.

During his four years at TAMUCC, Mark helped to rebuild the culture and success of the program.  This year the Islanders received their 2nd straight post season invitation advancing to the 2nd round of the College Insider Tournament.

Dannhoff gained valuable experience for five seasons as the head coach at Northland (Minn.) Community College and employed an up-tempo style of play. He guided the team to a Division Championship and a MCCC Regional tournament berth. The 1996 team won the Northern Division championship and was ranked No. 2 in the state and in Region XIII.

His basketball knowledge has also been used in multiple articles in Scholastic Coach magazine.

Coach Dannhoff also has his own website, Coach “D” All Access, which includes great coaching information and videos.

To purchase his Develop Your Game Using the Gun Playbook, click here! 

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