Coach Dana Hooper


DANA HOOPER has a true passion for volleyball and basketball.  Her experience stretches through age and sector in the sport. Dana began Glass City twenty-four years ago to give players from all schools the opportunity to play club volleyball, showing no affiliation or preference with any high school and has maintained that standard to this date.

A life-long resident of the Toledo area, she began playing volleyball at the age of 13, when the Ohio High School Athletic Association began its first State championship at Start High School. With almost fifty years of experience, she has dedicated herself in every facet of the game and her credentials are unlike any others. Dana formerly played collegiate volleyball at the University of Toledo, where she earned two bachelors’ degrees in Education and Business.  After graduation, she officiated high school volleyball.  After eight years of officiating she was hired as the varsity coach at Cardinal Stritch High School, where she remained for three years, winning two city championships and always working full time.  After the birth of her two children, she moved to the Varsity team at St. Ursula Academy, where she turned around a 0-18 record into three back-to-back city championships.  She is the only coach in the City League to win back-to-back city championships at two different high schools. Dana has been selected as Coach of the Year on four separate occasions and District Coach of the Year twice. After her third year at St. Ursula, she left to coach her daughter in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) program at St. Joseph in Sylvania and she was also on the Athletic Board.  She followed her daughter to coach at Arbor Hills for two years.

She currently maintains her Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officiating permit and will officiating for almost 40 years. She has also had the privilege of officiating the State Championship on two separate occasions.

Dana is passionate about her family and volleyball. She is a community advocate having served on the Boards of The Sight Center, The Anne Grady Center, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and The United Health Services Rib-Off committee.  She is currently a Board member of the Holland Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Dana and her husband, Larry, reside in Swanton and have 9 grandchildren.