SANBORN, N.Y. — The Niagara County Community College athletic department is pleased to announce Danielle Pierce as its next head women’s soccer coach. The NCCC alum replaces Melissa Graham, who stepped down in May to accept a position at Hilbert College.

“Playing at NCCC was a great experience for me and I am very excited to be able to come back and be a part of such a positive environment like NCCC athletics,” Pierce said.

Pierce, a Lockport native, spent two seasons as the head JV girls’ soccer coach at her alma mater Royalton-Hartland High School. She also has experience coaching basketball and softball at the high school and collegiate levels.

Pierce was a three-sport athlete at both Roy-Hart and NCCC. While a member of the then-Trailblazers, Pierce earned second team All-Western New York Athletic Conference honors in soccer. She was also a team captain in soccer and basketball and the school’s Female Freshman Athlete of the Year for the 2001-02 school year.

“I had the pleasure of coaching Danni here at NCCC and I know exactly the type of coach and person we are getting,” athletics director Bob McKeown said. “She is a leader and very passionate about helping others on and off the field. I look forward to seeing her elevate our women’s soccer program.”

The Thunderwolves are coming off a 2-14 season, but Pierce sees potential in the program.
“I look forward to the opportunity to grow and develop the soccer program – through talent, character and hard work – into a competitive, positive experience for all involved,” Pierce said.

Pierce graduated from NCCC with an associate’s degree in liberal arts: math and science and continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education at SUNY Cortland. She currently works as a Tae Kwon Do instructor and substitute teacher.

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