Kristi McDaniel, Head Volleyball Coach

Kristi McDaniel has served as the head volleyball coach at Arlington Baptist University since August of 2011. In her 11 seasons at the helm of the Lady Patriot Volleyball Team, she has amassed an overall record of 197 wins and 147 losses.

Coach McDaniel has led her Lady Patriots to 6 ACCA National Championships, 4 NCCAA DII Southwest Region Championships, and has appeared in the NCCAA DII National Tournament 6 times, reaching the National Final Four in 2015, 2019 and 2022. Kristi was named NCCAA DII Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2013, 2019, and 2022. Also in 2022, Coach McDaniel was selected as the NCCAA DII Coach of the Year for the first time in her career.

Prior to her college coaching career, she taught math and coached basketball, volleyball, and track at the secondary level.  McDaniel was also a multi-sport athlete in high school competing in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track.  She won multiple All-District awards while competing in these sports.

Kristi graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University in 2002. She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arlington Baptist University in 2013, where is currently teaching several math classes for the College of Education.  She served as the Southwest Region Volleyball Chair for 3 years and was the assistant women’s basketball coach alongside her husband, Cliff, where they won a total of 5 NCCAA DII National Championships, 7 ACCA National Championships, and 9 NCCAA DII Southwest Region Championships.

Kristi and her husband, Cliff, have been married since 2003 and have two sons, Tyson and Preston. They both grew up in Texas and still reside here today in Alvarado.