Danko was born in Varna, Bulgaria at the beautiful Black Sea coast and started playing volleyball when he was 11 years old. For full bio, click here.


Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) – Tour Player

California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) – Tour Player

National Volleyball League (NVL) – Tour Player

Men’s Volleyball (OPP/OH) – Rutgers University

Bulgarian Navy Men’s Volleyball Team

Bulgarian Jr National Team (Beach Volleyball)


M.A. Coaching & Athletic Administration – Concordia U, Irvine

B.A. Economics & Finance – Rutgers University (NJ)

Diploma – First Foreign Language High School (Varna, Bulgaria)

Academic & Athletic Honors

Scholarship – Athletic (Men’s Volleyball)

Scholar-Athlete Award (Men’s Volleyball)

Feature Article – Volleyball Magazine (Spring 2003)

Feature Articles for Indoor & Beach Volleyball – Newspapers (NJ Star-Ledger & Bulgarian News)

Feature Interview – College Sports Television Network (Spring 2003)

Dean’s List – Rutgers University

Male Athlete of the Year – Rutgers University (2003)

NCAA Top 10 – Kills per set & Kill efficiency (2003)

All EIVA (3 years)

All-Tournament Team (4+) & Tournament MVP (2)

1,000 Kill Club – Rutgers University

Jr Beach Champion – Balkan Region

Professional Information

Current Beach Coaching: Westcliff University, RPM Sand, VolleyOC & Sandstorm Volleyball

Current Indoor Coaching: Westcliff University, Brea Volleyball Academy


Danko has over 20 years of volleyball experience at the highest level. He understands the transition from indoor to beach and back to indoor. As a coach he believes that working hard on the fundamentals in a fun and competitive environment is of the greatest importance for players of all ages. He teaches by both explaining and performing and believes in positive reinforcement. Strategy is a big part of the game and teaching players about it can make them successful at the next level. See his detailed coaching philosophy.