Edgard "Dega" da Gama was hired as the 12th women's volleyball head coach in program history on Jan. 12, 2017.
da Gama, who brought a plethora of collegiate and international coaching experience to Manchester, joined the Penmen after spending five seasons as the top assistant at Boston College, where he assisted in practice and match planning efforts, recruiting, video and statistical analysis and community service initiatives.
In his time at Boston College, da Gama assisted in producing an All-ACC Freshman performance from Katty Workman in 2012 and multiple record-breaking seasons from several other players. In 2014, the team posted its highest RPI in school history.
One of da Gama's prouder highlights from his time at The Heights was over his five-year stint, the team maintained a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and 100 percent of his student-athletes graduated on time.
da Gama arrived at Chestnut Hill following three years as an assistant coach at Auburn University. Over that span, he helped the Tigers improve from a mid-200 RPI to No. 45 in the final 2010 poll and receive their first-ever entry into the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to guiding Auburn to the postseason, da Gama constructed a collegiate coaching background at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and North Idaho College.
In da Gama's first collegiate position at EWU, the Eagles finished with a 23-9 overall record and took second place in the Big Sky Conference with a 10-4 mark.
da Gama then headed to North Idaho in 2006, where he guided the Cardinals to a conference championship and fourth-place finish at NJCAA Nationals.
Over the past 13 years, da Gama has conducted Brazil Gold Volleyball Camps in the Washington area and served as the technical director and coach of the Skagit Volleyball Club (2004-06).
Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, da Gama was an assistant for the Rexona Volleyball Club – a professional women's team in Brazil – under Bernardo Rezende from 2001-04. Before being appointed an assistant, da Gama simultaneously interned with RVC from 1997-2000 and the world powerhouse Brazilian National Team from 1998-2000.
In addition to his work on the sidelines, da Gama was involved with the University Affiliates Program, AHANA, at Boston College. He is also on the Board of the AVCA Diversity Development Program.
The native of Curitiba, Brazil, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, with a focus on coaching from Federal University of Parana in 1996. He earned his master's degree at Boston College in 2015.
da Gama and his wife, Cintia Alessi, reside in Newton, Mass., with their daughters, Anna Julia and Beatriz Louise da Gama Silva.