Dan Mickle was named the head coach for the Spartan volleyball program for the 2017 season, after serving as an assistant coach for five years with the Spartan coaching staff.
Coach Mickle brings a wealth of experience to the Spartan program. His vast playing experience has spanned almost three decades with both the indoor and outdoor game. He has a very unique managing and coaching style that fits well with the players, coaches and parents of the program.
Previously, Mickle coached 15 years with Red Land high school volleyball. His coaching experience also includes five years with the Harrisburg Area Community College men’s volleyball team, two years as coach and club director for Yorktowne Volleyball Club, 10 years with Soul Volleyball Club, three years coaching at the West Shore YMCA and six years coaching for the Keystone State Games.
Mickle inducted into the inaugural class for the Hall of Fame at Harrisburg Area Community College both as a coach and a player. He was a four-time Mid-Penn Coach of the Year. In 2000, Mickle was a USAV Open Beach National Champion. He was also a USAV Robert Lindsay Award Recipient in 2008 and a gold medalist at the State games of America in 2009.
Mickle has a multitude of playing experience. He was on the Harrisburg Area Community College team for two years, earning MACVC 1st team honors. He competed on the multiple USAV Adult team for 16 years earning a national championship silver and bronze medal, and he participated on the AVP/AVPNext tour for five years. Mickle also competed on the Toyota Pro Beach team for 8 years. He was a 14-year participant of the Keystone State Games and the State Games of America.
A graduate of Red Land High School and Harrisburg Area Community College, Mickle also holds a Master's degree in Sports Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania.
Mickle resides in New Cumberland with his wife Teri and three children, Morgan, Lily and John David.
Lance Ranck enters his first season as an assistant with the Spartans.
For the past five years, Ranck coached club volleyball for Yorktowne VBC, including as an assistant for the Yorktowne 18’s team that vaulted up the national rankings, reaching as high as No. 3. He was an assistant with the KRVA High Performance Boys 18u International team that captured KRVA’s first Gold Medal at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
Prior to that, Ranck, who began coaching in 1991, was an assistant at York Suburban High School for six years before taking over the reins at Dallastown High School for two years. Ranck was also on the Red Lion High School staff when they won the YAIAA and District 3 titles.
Brandy Shope is returning for her third season as an assistant for the Spartans.
Shope graduated from York College in 2005 with a degree in Public Relations, after an illustrious career on the court. She was named to the All-CAC teams in 2003-’05, and was a captain during her final season at York.
She is the Vice President of Corporate Communications for HB McClure Company, and owns her own consulting firm I.C. Passion Consulting.
With a long-standing relationship with York College, Shope works closely with the College to offer internships to students as well as job opportunities, in addition to serving on the board for the Spartan Advance.
Brandy currently resides in West York, with her husband Wayne and her sons Jalen and Quinn.