Dani Rodriguez

Danielle Rodriguez was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and gravitated toward the sport of basketball at a young age.  At Warren High School in Downey, it was soon apparent that Dani was an elite player and leader.  She was recruited by many colleges but wanted to play among the best.  She accepted a full-ride scholarship to the University of Utah, where she was a reliable and effective starting point guard for her Pac-12 team for four years.  Dani helped lead the Utes to a 2013 WNIT Runner-Up finish and is fifth in all-time in assists with 452.  She was one of five Division I women's basketball players named to the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team in 2016.  

After her collegiate career, Dani turned pro, competing in Iceland from 2016 to 2020.  She was named the Foreign Player of the Year in 2018 and led the league in assists in 2017 and 2019.   In December of 2018, the Icelandic Basketball Federation announced that it had hired her as an assistant coach to the Icelandic women’s national under-20 basketball team.  On May 15, 2020, Dani announced that she was retiring from playing professionally to fully focus on a career in coaching.  She was then hired as an assistant coach to a men’s basketball team in Iceland, and thus became the first woman to serve as a coach in the Icelandic top-tier league.   In August of 2020, she was hired as an assistant coach to the Icelandic women’s national basketball team. 

Dani returned to the United States in 2021 when she was named as an Assistant Coach for the University of San Diego Women’s Basketball team.  Head Coach Cindy Fisher remarked,  "We are so blessed to add Dani to our staff.  She is one of the bright young coaches in the business and will make a huge impact on our program. Her knowledge and leadership will help all of our players to grow and mature not only as players but also as leaders."